Calling the two-hour return of The Event a nonevent is too easy, so let's just say it went over like a sumo wrestler trying to pole-vault. The NBC show averaged 5.3 million viewers, about what Chuck pulled in last week.
It didn't even match the ratings of its last original episode in November, plummeting 26 percent among 18-to-49-year-olds to a 1.6 rating. It's becoming clear what event is next for The Event.
As a warm-up for next week's finale of The Bachelor, theWomen Tell All special averaged more than 9.9 million viewers. The two-hour ABC program, starting at 8/7c, had a notable lachrymose meltdown, but was down 11 percent to a 3.1 rating in the coveted demo. Still, it was tops among women 18-to-34 for the 10th straight week, according to Nielsen figures.
In the first hour of Monday's prime time, Fox's House again took in some 11.1 million viewers, beating a rerun of How I Met Your Mother (6.4 million) and a fresh episode of Mad Love (7.3 million) on CBS; and a 90210 rerun (714,000) on the CW, as well as The Event and The Bachelor.
At 9/8c, a Two and a Half Men repeat — airing just hours after CBS and Warner Bros. TV fired Charlie Sheen — pulled in nearly 10.2 million viewers. Fox's The Chicago Code totaled 7.5 million, and a repeat of CW's Gossip Girl drew 487,000, while at 9:30, a rerun of CBS' Mike & Molly got 9.3 million..
In prime time's final hour, Harry's Law — NBC's top-rated show, which wound up 25tth in the latest weekly rankings — appealed to nearly 9.4 million viewers, beating reruns of CBS' Hawaii Five-0 (7.6 million) and ABC's Castle (5.7 million).