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January 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS, the usual Monday-night ratings champ, remained in re-run mode this week, allowing Fox to capture the night among adults 18-49. CBS, however, continued to hold sway among total adults. While it lost about a third of its usual audience for a fresh episode, the network’s Two and a Half Men remained the most-watched show of the night, with 9.8 million viewers tuning in for the re-run. The second episode of Fox’s new J. J. Abrams drama Alcatraz also drew solid ratings, dropping only modestly from its premiere episode. Although facing Men on CBS, The Bachelor on ABC, and a Republican debate on NBC, Alcatraz wound up with 8.3 million viewers and tied CBS among viewers 18-49. The debate, incidentally, pulled in more viewers for NBC than its regular programming. It averaged 7.3 million viewers in the 9:00 p.m. hour and 6.9 million in the 10:00 p.m. hour. It had been averaging about 5 million viewers at 9:00 p.m. and 4 million at 10:00 p.m.