The Tamala Jones drama soared to 12.6m and a demo rating of 2.5 with 18-49 adults, leading the 10pm hour and nearly matching its predecessor Dancing with the Stars (16m/2.6).
With all networks losing audience share, The Voice took 10.5m (3.7) for NBC, after which 5.9m (1.9) watched Smash.
Meanwhile, 2 Broke Girls ended with a fairly underwhelming 8.9m (3.2) on CBS at 8pm, then Two and a Half Men (11.3m/3.7) and Mike & Molly (10.2m/3.1) dominated the 9pm hour, and Hawaii Five-0 had 9.2m (2.3) at 10pm.
Over on Fox, Bones mustered 6.9m (1.9) at 8pm, before House held solid with 6.9m (2.1).
Elsewhere, Hart of Dixie was The CW's lone steady performer with 1.3m (0.6) at 9pm. Gossip Girl sunk to 869k (0.4) an hour earlier.