Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS dominated Monday’s primetime action behind “CSI: Miami” and new ratings highs for laffer “Two and a Half Men,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

In the 10 o’clock hour, “CSI: Miami” emerged as the night’s top-rated program (8/20 in adults 18-49, 21.9 million viewers overall), easily defeating ABC’s second-place “Monday Night Football.” Also for CBS, second-year comedy “Two and a Half Men” at 9:30 grabbed its best-ever results (6.8/15 in adults 18-49, 19.1 million viewers overall), building on its lead-in from “Everybody Loves Raymond” (6.2/14 in adults 18-49, 18.7 million viewers overall).

And from 8 to 9, both “Still Standing” (3.6/10 in adults 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall) and “Listen Up” (3.6/9 in adults 18-49, 11 million viewers overall) matched or set season highs.

ABC will finish the night in second with its “Monday Night Football” contest between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, although reliable preliminary results weren’t available.

At NBC, a special 109-minute “Fear Factor” averaged roughly a 5/12 in adults 18-49 and 12.2 million viewers overall, while reality miniseries “$25 Million Hoax” (9:49-11 p.m.) wrapped with its best scores but remained underwhelming (3.9/10 in adults 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “Trading Spouses” (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) was solid at 8, but “The Swan 2″ dipped a bit at 9 (2.9/7 in adults 18-49, 7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 6.0/15; ABC, 4.8/12; NBC, 4.6/11; Fox, 2.7/7; WB, 1.8/5; UPN, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 17.3 million; ABC, 12.8 million; NBC, 10.7 million; Fox, 6.8 million; WB, 4.9 million; UPN, 3 million.

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