'Rules of Engagement' back with solid ratings for CBS
Published Mar 30 2012, 17:39 BST | By Paul Millar
Rules of Engagement
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's first episode of 2012 was a success in the ratings last night, preliminary Nielsen data indicates.
Returning from a four-month hiatus, the Patrick Warburton
sitcom pulled in 8.8m (2.8
) for CBS at 8.30pm, despite a lower-than-usual lead-in from The Big Bang Theory
, which dipped to a season low of 13.6m (4.5
rating in the adult 18-49 demo is up a tenth on the last edition in December, raising hopes that the Tiffany Network will renew the series, after it was cut mid-season and had its episode order cut
Jim Caviezel's Person of Interest
followed with 14.4m (3.3
), after which The Mentalist
logged 13.5m (2.7
) at 10pm.American Idol
anchored Fox's primetime-winning schedule with 15.3m (2.7
), then Touch
fell to 9.1m (2.8
) in the 9pm hour.
) and 30 Rock
) both held solid audiences for NBC, but following a modest audience for an Office
) repeat at 9pm, Up All Night
) and Awake
) both fell to lows.Missing
, ABC's only new broadcast, appealed to 7.7m (1.4
) at 8pm. Reruns of Grey's Anatomy
) and Private Practice
) aired later.
Meanwhile, both The Vampire Diaries
) and The Secret Circle
) slumped to season lows on The CW.