The Ashton Kutcher sitcom pulled in 11.3m and a demo rating of 3.7 with 18-49 adults for CBS at 9pm.
The Tiffany Network's other comedies How I Met Your Mother (7.9m/3.2), 2 Broke Girls (9.1m/3.4) and Mike & Molly (10.2m/3.2) rose, while 10pm's Hawaii Five-0 (10.8m/2.5) put in a fairly steady performance.
All that confirms a momentous victory for CBS over NBC - its first since The Voice premiered back in February.
While The Voice as well as Smash both recorded new series lows of 9.4m (3.5) and 5.4m (1.8), the network still managed to fend off ABC.
Despite being down over a million viewers and three demo points week-on-week., Dancing with the Stars was the most-watched show in total viewers with 15.8m (2.7) between 8pm and 10pm.
Popular drama Castle - back in the schedules after a week off air - then climbed to 11.4m (2.4) for the Alphabet Network.
Gossip Girl (1.1m/0.6) and Hart of Dixie (1.3m/0.6) rallied to respectable audiences for The CW.