CBS, NBC strong on Monday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC matched its highest Monday ratings since premiere week behind 90-minute editions of “Fear Factor” and “Average Joe” in taking the final the night in adults 18-49, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. CBS, with its strong regular lineup, was a close second in 18-49 and won easily in total viewers.

From 8 to 9:30, a family edition of “Fear Factor” produced the reality skein’s best numbers since March (6.3/16 in adults 18-49, 15 million viewers overall), winning each half-hour in 18-49. And from 9:30 to 11, “Average Joe” (5.0/12 in adults 18-49, 10 million viewers overall) was again solid opposite tough competish.

At CBS, “CSI: Miami” again led the way (6.7/17 in adults 18-49, 19.7 million viewers overall), while 9 o’clock laffers “Everybody Loves Raymond” (5.8/14 in adults 18-49, 19 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (5.6/13 in adults 18-49, 17.1 million viewers overall) both ran second in 18-49 and led in total viewers.

The two-hour finale of “Next Joe Millionaire” (3.6/9 in adults 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) didn’t do much for Fox, but it did grow with each half-hour.

Reliable prelim scores weren’t available for ABC’s live football game, but the Tampa Bay-New York Giants contest appeared to be on the low end of the “Monday Night Football” averages this season.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.6/14; CBS, 5.4/13; ABC, 4.9/12; Fox, 3.6/9; WB, 2.2/5; UPN, 1.8/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 16.7 million; ABC, 13.4 million; NBC, 12.5 million; WB, 6.6 million; UPN, 4.6 million.

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