Viewers can’t get enough of Charlie Sheen. After a day of media blitz featuring a string of interviews with the troubled Two and a Half Men star, viewers flocked to watch him on the show that spawned all the controversy. A repeat of Men (11.6 million viewers, 3.2/9 in adults 18-49) was the most watched show on television last night. And that despite extra Sheen competition at 9 PM as the actor himself was on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight talking about the situation around Men. In a promising sign for CBS’ Mike & Molly (3.4/9, 11.4 million), which may be assigned a tentpole position sooner than originally planned given the Men turmoil, the freshman comedy was up 6% from last week to tie veteran How I Met Your Mother (3.4/10, 9.3 million) as CBS’ top program of the night in 18-49. Mother was down 3% from last week, midseason comedy Mad Love (2.7/7, 8 million) at 8:30 PM was down 4%. (CBS aired a Hawaii Five-0 rerun (1.8/5 at 10 PM)
ABC (3.2/9, 10.9 million) topped the night with The Bachelor (3.4/9), flat with last week, and Castle (2.8/8), up 8%. The network posted its strongest Monday numbers in 14 weeks.
Harry’s Law continues to be the bright spot of NBC’s grim Monday lineup. Despite its lead-in, The Cape (1.1/3), dipping a tenth to another series low, midseason dramedy Harry’s Law (1.8/5, 9.1 million) was up 6% in the demo from last week. (The NBC series was probably helped by Hawaii airing a repeat.) Meanwhile, Chuck was stuck at a series low of 1.7/5 in 18-49 for a fifth straight week. Last night, NBC tied its lowest-rated Monday with originals ever. It finished fifth in 18-49 for the night (1.5/4) behind Univision (1.6/5).
Fox’s House (3.8/11, 11 million) was up 9%, while new cop drama The Chicago Code (2.1/6, 8.1 million) was flat.