CBS scores Monday victory

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Even with “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “CSI: Miami” in repeats, CBS topped its competition Monday in adults 18-49 and other key categories, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. Fox’s lineup, meanwhile, faded from its already-soft week-earlier premieres.

For CBS, “Everybody Loves Raymond” was strong at 9 with a repeat (6.2/15 in adults 18-49, 18.4 million viewers overall), winning its timeslot and up vs. last week’s original episode. Net also did well with original segs of its other comedies: “Yes, Dear” (4.3/11 in adults 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall), “Still Standing” (5.2/13 in adults 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (5.5/13 in adults 18-49, 16 million viewers overall). This was the best delivery of the season for “Yes, Dear” and “Still Standing.”

At 10, “CSI: Miami” (5.6/17 in adults 18-49, 16.9 million viewers overall) was in a close battle with ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” with the game’s total average expected to come in at about a 6.0/15 in adults 18-49 and 15.5 million viewers overall.

Fox’s “Next Joe Millionaire” (2.5/7 in adults 18-49) fell from its debut score of last week, with NBC’s “Fear Factor” (5.7/15 in adults 18-49) more than doubling it in the key demo. And at 9, new drama “Skin” (2.2/5 in adults 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) also placed fourth even though drama rivals “Las Vegas” on NBC did not air and “Everwood” on the WB was a repeat.

NBC’s “Radio Music Awards” did pretty well from 9 to 11 (4.5/11 in adults 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), but faded in the 10:30 half-hour following Michael Jackson’s appearance.

Preliminary 18-49 averages: CBS, 5.4/14; ABC, 5.0/13; NBC, 4.9/12; Fox, 2.4/6; UPN, 1.6/4; WB, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.8 million; ABC, 13.8 million; NBC, 10.8 million; Fox, 5.5 million; WB, 4.2 million; UPN, 3.5 million.

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