CBS the top game on Monday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox, with postseason baseball, and ABC, with “Monday Night Football,” delivered solid numbers on Monday but it was CBS that prevailed among young adults, powered by a season-best score for “CSI: Miami.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “CSI: Miami” (6.9/17 in adults 18-49, 18.4 million viewers overall) easily led from 10 to 11, up 20% week-to-week and roughly doubling NBC’s “Third Watch” (3.5/9 in adults 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall). CBS also won at 9 with “Everybody Loves Raymond” (5.9/15 in adults 18-49, 17.9 million viewers overall) and received second-place 18-49 finishes from its other comedies, including “Two And a Half Men” at 9:30 (4.9/12 in adults 18-49, 14.9 million viewers overall).

ABC ran second on the night, with “Monday Night Football” (prelim 6.0/15 in adults 18-49, 15 million viewers overall) on the low end of its ratings range, affected by Fox’s baseball playoff game between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics (3.9/10 in adults 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall).

NBC was led by a strong “Fear Factor” (5.7/16 in adults 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall), up year-to-year, and “Las Vegas,” which again looked solid at 9 (4.6/11).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 5.3/13; ABC, 5.0/13; NBC, 4.6/12; Fox, 3.9/10; WB, 2.2/6; UPN, 1.8/5.

In total viewers: CBS led with 15.3 million viewers overall.

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