|Rules of Engagement Last Season||Previous 8:30 Occupants|
|3.6/2.91/2.1 (premiere/average/finale) |
3.34 (fall average) (4.73 average lead-in)
2.54 (spring post-hiatus average (2.66 after originals, 4.46 average lead-in))
|2.07 (Partners) |
3.28 (The Big Bang Theory (R) when mixed with originals)
2.10 (2 Broke Girls/Two and a Half Men (R) when mixed with originals)
Rules of Engagement in originals is almost certainly a weaker show than The Big Bang Theory in repeats, and probably a much weaker show. But the wild card in this pick is the "Super Monday" effect. It's not so much that CBS promoted the hell out of Rules last night. They didn't. But they did promote the Monday block as a whole a fair amount, so it might ride an upswing from How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls. Skimming over what happened on this night in 2007 and 2010, seems reasonable to expect Rules could be around 10% bigger than it would "normally" be.
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