Also, there was some motion among the freshman shows: CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" hit a ratings high in the 18-49 demo in the preliminary Nielsens, Fox's "K-Ville" dropped to a new low and NBC's "Journeyman" showed its first week-to-week gain.
ABC's slate held fairly steady, with "Dancing" (5.2) and "Samantha Who?" (4.4) up slightly and "Bachelor" on par (3.4).
CBS made some gains and finished in second place. "How I Met Your Mother" was on par (3.3). "Big Bang" was up a tick to hit a series high (3.8). "Two and a Half Men" was average (5.0). "Rules of Engagement" had the best number since its premiere (4.2) and "CSI: Miami" was up slightly (4.6).
In third place, NBC's fallen heroes of Monday night gained some relief after recent ratings drops. "Chuck" (3.2) and "Heroes" (5.1) were up slightly, with "Journeyman" (2.5) getting the biggest bounce—up 19 percent. The gain marks the first time after six episodes that "Journeyman" ratings have increased, but the show is still coming in a distant third place for the 10 p.m. hour.
Fox's fall finale of "Prison Break" was average (3.1) and "K-Ville" sunk several rungs on the ladder to a new low (1.6).
The CW's comedy block was on par, averaging a 1.1 rating for the night.