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Alcatraz — which last week made Fox's strongest dramatic series debut in three years — didn't have too many escapees, losing just about 10 percent of its audience in its second week, according to Nielsen overnights.

It also fell just to 3.0 from 3.3 among 18-to-49-year-olds from the two-hour debut — making it the season's third new drama series to post a rating of at least a 3.0 in its second week (after Terra Nova and Once Upon a Time).

House returned with its first original episode in nearly two months, and people apparently missed it, as it rose 19 percent from its last first-run outing.

A special edition of Brian Williams' new newsmagazine, featuring a debate among the Republican presidential candidates, posted its best ratings since its debut. And The Bachelor bounced up more than 10 percent to a season high. CBS went with repeats.

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8 p.m.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother [rerun] 6.97 million viewers (2.3 demo rating); 2 Broke Girls [rerun] 7.80 million (2.6)
ABC: The Bachelor 8.22 million (2.7) {8-10 p.m.}
Fox: House 8.72 million (3.1)
NBC: Who's Still Standing? 6.45 million (1.7)
CW: Gossip Girl 1.57 million (0.7)

9 p.m.
CBS: Two and a Half Men [rerun] 9.77 million viewers (2.9 demo rating); Mike & Molly [rerun] 8.32 million (2.4) {9:30 p.m.}
Fox: Alcatraz 8.95 million (3.0)
NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams 7.11 million (2.6) {9-11 p.m.}
CW: Hart of Dixie 1.63 million (0.7)

10 p.m.
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 [rerun] 6.79 million viewers (1.6 demo rating)
ABC: Castle 10.06 million (2.1)