The Big Bang Theory was Monday's top-rated show, posting the biggest number of overall viewers in the series' history.
Big Bang was watched by 14.7 million viewers, and dominated the competition in the adults-18-to-49 demographic. The show got a boost from a strong lead-in from Two and Half Men (15.2 million viewers), the night's most-watched show.
CBS' comedies benefited from holiday programming on other networks, as How I Met Your Mother (9.1 million viewers) and Accidentally on Purpose (8.3 million viewers) defeated ABC's Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (8.4 million viewers) and Fox's Carrie Underwood Christmas special (8.1 million viewers over two hours)...
Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special
Multiplatinum country singer — and onetime American Idol winner — Carrie Underwood makes merry on this holiday hootenanny, performing songs from her latest album, Play On, plus past favorites and seasonal classics. Joining in on the fun are fellow country stars Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton, Christina Applegate, Kristin Chenoweth and Sons of Sylvia, the country trio that backs Underwood on the Play On song "What Can I Say."
Read on for previews of Men of a Certain Age, The Closer, CSI: Miami and How I Met Your Mother.