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‘CSI: Miami’ hot for CBS

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS locked up a victory Monday in key demos thanks to a powerful perf from 10 o’clock drama “CSI: Miami,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

Ranking as the evening’s top-rated program, “CSI: Miami” (7.2/19 in adults 18-49, 20.7 million viewers overall) more than doubled the demo score of the second-season premiere of NBC reality skein “The Restaurant” (3.5/9 in adults 18-49, 6.7 20.7 million viewers overall). CBS also led or challenged for the lead in various categories from 9 to 10 with “Everybody Loves Raymond” (5.1/13 in adults 18-49, 16.1 20.7 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (4.8/12 in adults 18-49, 14.7 20.7 million viewers overall).

At NBC, “Fear Factor” led the 8 o’clock hour as usual (5.1/15 in adults 18-49, 11.8 20.7 million viewers overall), while lead-out drama “Las Vegas” again looked strong (4.9/12 in adults 18-49, 11.3 20.7 million viewers overall), finishing in a virtual tie with CBS’ comedies for first place in adults 18-49.

Fox saw week-to-week growth for makeover reality series “The Swan” (4.3/11 in adults 18-49, 10.0 20.7 million viewers overall), which built upon its lead-in, a repeat “American Idol” spec (3.4/10 in adults 18-49, 8.5 20.7 million viewers overall).

ABC, with repeat movie “What Lies Beneath” (1.9/5 in adults 18-49, 6.4 20.7 million viewers overall), finished a tick behind the WB for fifth place on the night in 18-49.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 5.1/14; NBC, 4.5/12; Fox, 3.9/11; WB, 2.0/5; ABC, 1.9/5; UPN, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.4 million; NBC, 9.9 million; Fox, 9.2 million; ABC, 6.4 million; WB, 5.2 million; UPN, 2.4 million.

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