MINNEAPOLIS (AdAge.com) -- With viewers and reviewers giddy about "Glee," it wasn't surprising that Fox's hit led with four Golden Globe nominations when they were announced this morning. What was less expected was the snub of "Big Bang Theory," CBS's even bigger hit that is a breakout critical, cultural and commercial success.
But viewers probably won't care, as shown by Monday's ratings race, in which "Big Bang" and "How I Met Your Mother" tied series highs in the ad-centric adult 18-49 demographic with a 5.6/14 and 3.7/10 rating and share, respectively. "Big Bang's" lead-in had its biggest bang ever, as "Two and a Half Men" (5.2/13) set a series high. And "Accidentally on Purpose" (3.2/9) was just a tenth of a ratings point below its best delivery ever, as CBS's sitcoms laughed all the way to the bank, if not the Golden Globe stage.
Right after the sitcom block, "CSI: Miami" (4.1/11) easily won its timeslot as CBS easily won the night with a 4.3/11.
But "Glee" still made an impact, even though the show runs Wednesday and is on hiatus. Indeed, NBC invoked the show in its promos for "The Sing-Off," the performance reality show that had its program premiere Monday night.
"The Sing-Off" hit the highest note in the time period since early September for NBC, as its 2.3/6 for a two-hour episode was second to CBS, but beat a repeat of Fox's "House" (2.1/6) -- which got a best drama Golden globe nod -- as well as "Lie to Me" (2.2/6), and two second showings of "Vampire Diaries" (0.7/2 at 8 p.m. and 0.6/2 at 9 p.m.) on the CW.
While "The Sing-Off" may have tried to harmonize with "Glee," it lacks what gives the Fox series' song-and-dance routines their soul: the universality of the teen-angst dramatic narrative, which is played for laughs (and the occasional tear), which is why it was nominated for best comedy. But the two shows both channel an amateur vibe that makes them highly accessible, as opposed to the professionalism of today's over-marketed professional performers.
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Fourth-place ABC also finished with a 1.2/3, as lead-out "Find My Family" (1.3/3) had its lowest rating yet and a rerun of "Castle" (1.1/3) finished last at 10 p.m.
Fox (2.2/6) was third while the CW (0.6/2) finished fifth. ESPN ranked first in total TV as "Monday Night Football" scored a 5.1/14.
As for NBC, despite "Sing-Off's" opening stanza boding well for parts two and three tonight and Wednesday night, it finished third with a 2.0/5, as "The Jay Leno Show," whose back-story of being snubbed critically and commercially is more glum than glee, lost a third of "Sing-Off's" viewers en route to a 1.5/4.
WHAT TO WATCH:
Tuesday: "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which plays again on ABC, is still the only evergreen Christmas special that actually mentions Christ. Linus' theological lesson gets a bit more of a workout on PBS right after, when "Frontline" examines "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians."
Wednesday: Great voices from young people at 9 p.m. on Wednesday usually means "Glee." But it's on hiatus, so switch to PBS for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concert.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Ratings for the penultimate performances on "So You Think You Can Dance," the Fox reality hit that made the jump from a summer series to a fall one, which is just one of the reasons Fox won the November sweeps.
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NOTE: All ratings based on adults 18-49. A share is a percentage of adults 18-49 who have their TV sets on at a given time. A rating is a percentage of all adults 18-49, whether or not their sets are turned on. For example, a 1.0 rating is 1% of the total U.S. adults 18-49 population with TVs. Ratings quoted in this column are based on live-plus-same-day unless otherwise noted. (Many ad deals have been negotiated on the basis of commercial-minute, live-plus-three-days viewing.)
John Rash is senior VP-director of media analysis for Campbell Mithun, Minneapolis. For more, see rashreport.com.