Baseball routs football on Monday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Monday’s sports showdown was no contest, as the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees baseball game on Fox easily outrated ABC’s “Monday Night Football” matchup between the St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

Reliable prelims for Fox weren’t available, but the game figures to check in with at least a 5.9/15 in adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers overall, easily winning primetime for the net in all key categories. “MNF” figures to finish with roughly a 4.5/11 in adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers overall – flirting with all-time low marks for the longtime franchise.

Among entertainment programming, CBS led the way as “CSI: Miami” (6.1/15 in adults 18-49, 17.4 million viewers overall) was strong at 10 and rookie 9:30 laffer “Two and a Half Men” (4.8/11 in adults 18-49, 14.5 million viewers overall) again held more than 80% of its lead-in from “Everybody Loves Raymond” (5.7/14 in adults 18-49, 18 million viewers overall). Net’s “Yes, Dear” and “Still Standing” contributed with week-to-week growth.

NBC’s lineup looked solid, with “Fear Factor” (4.9/13 in adults 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall) a competitive second to baseball and the first-year “Las Vegas” (4.5/11 in adults 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall) flat week-to-week, finishing in a virtual 18-49 tie with “Two & Half Men” in 18-49 at 9:30. At 10, “Third Watch” (4.0/10 in adults 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) was up vs. the previous week but remained well behind “CSI: Miami.”

At the netlets, both UPN’s “Eve” and the WB’s “Everwood” appear to be up week-to-week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.9/15; CBS, 5.1/13; NBC, 4.5/11; ABC, 3.8/10; WB, 2.1/5; UPN, 1.9/5.

In total viewers: Fox’s 16 million-plus should top CBS’ 15.2 million.

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