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‘Parkers’ hits high mark

'Miami' Eye of rating storm

Hot CBS drama “CSI: Miami” hit season highs on Monday, powering the Eye to an easy victory on the night in key demos.

Also on the second Monday of the May sweep, UPN’s “The Parkers” ended its five-year run on a high note and the WB’s “Everwood” wrapped its second season with some of its best numbers yet.

According to Nielsen, “CSI: Miami” (7.6/19 in adults 18-49, 20.94 million viewers overall) put up its best demo scores since its series preem in September 2002 and easily topped the combined ABC-NBC delivery at 10 p.m. (5.5/7 in 18-49).

CBS also received winning results in the 9 o’clock hour from “Everybody Loves Raymond” (5.9/15 in 18-49, 16.93m) and “Two and a Half Men” (5.8/14 in 18-49, 16.01m) and a solid second-place finish at 8:30 from “Still Standing” (3.8/10 in 18-49, 11.08m).

NBC was second on the night, winning at 8 with “Fear Factor” (4.7/14 in 18-49, 10.85m) and runner-up at 9 with “Las Vegas” (4.6/11, 11.26m). “The Restaurant” continues to lag at 10 (3.3/8 in 18-49, 6.69m).

The WB’s “Everwood” (2.6/6 in 18-49, 6.38m) achieved season highs in various categories including persons 12-34 (2.8/8) and posted a series-best 3.8/9 in women 18-34. Leading into it was the best 12-34 score since November for “7th Heaven” (2.9/10), which welcomed back former regulars Barry Watson and David Gallagher.

And “The Parkers” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.44m) was UPN’s top-rated show of the night, going out with its best scores since premiere week.

Elsewhere, the second of two segs of Fox’s “The Swan” scored an OK 4.1/10 in 18-49 from 9 to 10, but ABC laid an egg with original three-hour pic “A Wrinkle in Time” (2.2/6 in 18-49).

Through Monday (12 nights of the four-week May sweep), NBC led in adults 18-49 with a 5.6 rating/16 share (up 24% in rating vs. a year ago), followed by CBS (4.1/12, up 14%), Fox (3.2/9, down 14%), ABC (2.7/8, down 16%), the WB (1.5/4, down 12%) and UPN (1.2/3, down 14%).

NBC still led in total viewers as well (13.7 million), although CBS (13.3 million) is positioned to surpass it over the next couple of weeks.

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