CBS Monday is revered for its two-hour comedy block, now the longest-running active block on TV (though it's breaking up in fall 2014!). However, the lineup historically hasn't had anything like the ratings dominance of NBC Thursday during the Must See TV years. In fact, in the years after Everybody Loves Raymond and before How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory came to life, the two-hour average actually went below the league average! But the night's ratings were long propped up by one of the A18-49+ era's strongest 10/9c programs, CSI: Miami.
|2001-02||King of Queens||Yes, Dear||Everybody Loves Raymond||Becker||Family Law||119|
|2002-03||King of Queens||Yes, Dear||Everybody Loves Raymond||Still Standing||CSI: Miami||132|
|2003-04||Yes, Dear||Still Standing||Everybody Loves Raymond||Two and a Half Men||CSI: Miami||136|
|2004-05||Still Standing||Listen Up||Everybody Loves Raymond||Two and a Half Men||CSI: Miami||137|
|2005-06||King of Queens||How I Met Your Mother||Two and a Half Men||Out of Practice||CSI: Miami||119|
|2006-07||How I Met Your Mother||The Class||Two and a Half Men||The New Adventures of Old Christine||CSI: Miami||115|
|2007-08||How I Met Your Mother||The Big Bang Theory||Two and a Half Men||Rules of Engagement||CSI: Miami||124|
|2008-09||The Big Bang Theory||How I Met Your Mother||Two and a Half Men||Worst Week||CSI: Miami||133|
|2009-10||How I Met Your Mother||Accidentally on Purpose||Two and a Half Men||The Big Bang Theory||CSI: Miami||142|
|2010-11||How I Met Your Mother||Rules of Engagement||Two and a Half Men||Mike and Molly||Hawaii Five-0||132|
|2011-12||How I Met Your Mother||2 Broke Girls||Two and a Half Men||Mike and Molly||Hawaii Five-0||160|
|2012-13||How I Met Your Mother||Partners||2 Broke Girls||Mike and Molly||Hawaii Five-0||124|
|2013-14||How I Met Your Mother||2 Broke Girls||Mike and Molly||Mom||Hostages||111|
|2014-15||2 Broke Girls||Mike and Molly||Scorpion||NCIS: Los Angeles||116|
2014-15 Update: This may only be the 12th best CBS Monday in 14 years, but to lose How I Met Your Mother and still grow year-to-year was a win. NCIS: Los Angeles improving on the dreadful year-ago occupants was a given, but the real victory came in the other hours. 2BG and Mike and Molly held up just fine with no HIMYM, and the decision to kill another comedy hour paid off as Scorpion was one of the biggest new CBS dramas this generation.
The Big Bang Theory and newbie Life in Pieces air here for just over a month before moving to Thursday; Supergirl takes over at 8/7c for the late fall.
Notable midseason replacements:
- Rather than rehash every single year of the night's most common midseason replacements, I'll just point to their War of 18-49 pages: Old Christine and Rules of Engagement.
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