It was a brutal night all around with most shows hitting lows, but it was especially disappointing for NBC, whose heavily promoted relaunch of Law & Order: LA bombed, drawing a paltry 1.5/4 among adults 18-49 for its two-hour premiere and 6 million viewers. That was down 32% from LOLA‘s most original telecast on Dec. 1 before its retooling hiatus. Leading into LOLA was Chuck (1.3/4), which also didn’t help its renewal chances by slipping 13% from its most recent original March 21 to a series low.
CBS’ lineup also hit the skids. How I Met Your Mother (2.7/8) was down 10% from March 21 for a season low. Mad Love (1.9.5) was also down 10% for a series low. As it contemplates a future without Two and a Half Men or with a Charlie Sheen-less Men, the network tried out freshman Mike & Molly(2.5/6) in the tentpole Monday 9 PM slot last night. The sitcom was down 17% from its most recent original at 9:30 PM for a series low but still ranked as the highest-rated CBS program in 18-49. Following a Men repeat (2.0/5), a new Hawaii Five-0 (2.4/6) was also down 17% from March 21 for a series low, and it was trounced by ABC’s Castle (3.1/8) in the 10 PM hour. Castle was the only series in a positive territory last night, up 11% from last week, but its fast national numbers are always inflated by a Dancing With the Stars overrun. Speaking of Dancing(4.3/12), the performance show featuring another Kirstie Alley mishap was down 9% from last week. ABC easily won the night in 18-49 (3.9/10) and total viewers (17.9 million).
Fox’s House episode, featuring the return of cast member Olivia Wilde (3.2/9), was down 6% from March 21 for a season low. The Chicago Code (1.8/5) was flat with its last original March 21 to tie its series low.