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Mon. revamps bring smiles to CBS, Fox

The second season is getting into full swing as the webs trot out most of their midseason replacements and launch new schedules.

CBS was particularly pleased with its revamped Monday lineup, which showed growth in all key demo groups. Fox was also encouraged by the premiere of its sitcom “Pauly.” ABC, on the other hand, probably has some concerns about its new action thriller “Spy Game,” which had a lackluster premier.

For the night, CBS won in households and total viewers. The Eye web posted a 10.8/18, according to Nielsen. NBC finished second in households, with a 9.0/15, followed by Fox, with a 8.0/13 and ABC, with a 5.7/9. For the Alphabet web, that marked a new low for a Monday night.

CBS’ “Cosby” posted a 12.3 rating and 20 share to take the 8-8:30 time period, beating NBC’s “Jeff Foxworthy” (7.3/12). “Cosby” also beat Foxworthy in shares among adults 18-49 and 25-54.

Among the 8 p.m. dramas, Fox’s “Melrose Place” posted a 8.8/14 and won in adults 18-49 and 25-54, and was up 18% in its share of adults 18-49. ABC’s “Spy Game” posted a 6.3 rating and 10 share, off from the “Dangerous Minds” average of a 6.6/11.

On the movie front, NBC’s repeat of “Lethal Weapon 2” averaged a 9.4/16, and performed well in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Conversely, part two of the ABC miniseries “Robert Ludlum’s The Apocalypse Watch” averaged a 5.5/8, the lowest rating for a firstrun movie since the web premiered “Reds” in 1992.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” found life in the 8:30 slot following “Cosby.” The freshman comedy posted a 12.1/19 in its time period premiere, besting the best ratings numbers “Ink” had posted in that slot, and well above the show’s average on 6.4/12 on Fridays at 8:30. In terms of demos, it went up 4% in adults 18-49 and 2% in adults 25-54.

With “Murphy Brown” taking a break, CBS is testing “Cybill” in the 9 p.m. slot. It responded with a 12.7/20, well above the 10.7/16 “Murphy Brown” was averaging. For “Cybill,” it was the show’s best rating since last September. It also improved on its lead-in in adults 18-49 and 25-54.

Fox launched “Married … With Children” in the 9 p.m. time period, and the veteran responded with a 7.4/11, up 17% in its share of adults 18-49. It finished third in share in that category to NBC’s rebroadcast of “Lethal Weapon” and CBS’ “Cybill.”

At 9:30, CBS’ “Ink” averaged a 11.7/19, its highest rating since its debut in October, up substantially from its 8:30 p.m. Monday average of 9.8/15.

Fox’s critically panned “Pauly” averaged a 7.2/11 in the 9:30 slot for Fox, and although it finished third in the 18-49 battle in terms of shares, it was up 18% compared with the time period average.

CBS’ “EZ Streets” found some new life pinch-hitting for “Chicago Hope” in the 10-11 p.m. slot. The critically praised but little-watched drama, which was pulled after only two airings last fall, averaged a 8.1/15.

While that was below “Chicago Hope’s” 10.7/18, it was a dramatic improvement over the 7.6/13 premiere of “EZ Streets” last fall, and the 5.7/9 it averaged in its second airing. The true test for the dark drama will be its regular time period premiere tonight in the 10-11 p.m. slot, where it fared poorly last fall.

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