The CBS drama series, airing in the 9pm hour, mustered 11.9m and 3.2 with 18-49 adults - rising 600k and four demo points week-on-week.
Either side of the show, CSI recorded a season low of 11.2m (2.5) at 10pm, while Survivor: One World slumped to an all-time low of 10.2m (2.7) in the 8pm slot.
With American Idol (15.5m/4.2) still on form, Fox clearly led primetime with the help of ABC's scheduled repeats
The Middle (4.9m/1.2), Suburgatory (4.4m/1.3), Modern Family (5.6m/2.4) and Missing (5m/1.3) all held up reasonably considering the opposition.
Happy Endings, the Alphabet Network's only new broadcast, took a respectable 4.1m (1.8) at 9.30pm.
Meanwhile, Whitney (4.2m/1.6) and Are You There, Chelsea? (3.5m/1.4) benefited from the lack of comedy rivalry, both gaining viewers week-on-week.
But the premiere of Bent flopped at 9pm with 2.8m (1.0), after which another episode of the Amanda Peet sitcom amused just 2.4m (0.9).
America's Next Top Model climbed to 1.3m (0.6) for The CW at 9pm, while 8pm's One Tree Hill slipped slightly to 1.5m (0.7).