Two and a Half Men started so big that even a fourth consecutive week of decline has still left it with enviable numbers.
The Ashton Kutcher-led CBS sitcom at 9/8c entertained 16.20 million fans and scored a 5.9 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds Monday night. Most network shows that night hit season lows up against the major league playoffs on Fox, as well as Monday Night Football -- which scored 16.38 million viewers --and Kim Kardashian's "fairy-tale" wedding. Some 4.39 million people and 3.98 million watched the two-part wedding extravaganza Sunday and Monday nights, respectively, on E!
The American League Division Series contest between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers ran more than 50 minutes into the first hour of prime time, garnering 6.57 million fans and a 1.9 rating in the prized demo while pushing back both scheduled Fox shows. Meanwhile, CBS sitcoms How I Met Your Mother lured 8.89 million fans (4.0) and 2 Broke Girls 10.71 million (4.3) and The CW's Gossip Girl 1.27 million (0.6).
In prime time's middle hour, Terra Nova skidded to 7 million — down from last week's 8.31 million viewers, which itself marked about an 8 percent decrease from its debut. After a 3.1 demo rating in the first two weeks, the Fox sci-fi thriller sank to a 2.5. The third episode of The CW's Hart of Dixie fell to 1.57 million and a 0.6 from 1.78 million and a 0.8.
Following Men, Week 3 of Mike & Molly lured 11.65 million (3.9) — a big drop-off from last week (13.24 million /4.3).
In prime time's final hour, NBC threw in the towel, running a repeat of Prime Suspect to replace The Playboy Club, which became the first cancellation of the 2011-12 TV season last week. The rerun got 2.92 million people (0.7). ABC's Castle nabbed the most viewers in the slot for the fourth straight week — 10.23 million (2.1) — vs. CBS' Hawaii Five-0 with 10.07 million (2.7). An hour later than usual because of the game, House called on 6.85 million (2.7).