An attractive pro football matchup and the concluding game to a big postseason baseball series lifted the broadcast nets to a bigger share of the ratings pie Monday night, but there was also good news for some entertainment fare.
Of note were a pair of newbies — NBC drama “Surface” and CBS comedy “Out of Practice” — that grew in ratings for a second straight airing after looking a bit shaky a couple weeks ago.
According to Nielsen, underwater thriller “Surface” (3.4 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 10.42 million viewers overall) was the top nonsports choice in the 8 o’clock hour among viewers under 50, rising 13% in 18-49 from the previous week (3.0/8) and 17% from two weeks ago (2.9/8).
NBC also was solid the rest of the night with “Las Vegas” (4.8/11 in 18-49, 13.59m), which matched its best demo score since February, and “Medium” (4.7/11, 12.68m), up a tick week-to-week in 18-49 but still well behind the Eye’s “CSI: Miami” (6.2/15, 18.49m).
Also for CBS, new 9:30 laffer “Out of Practice” (4.1/9 in 18-49, 12.26m) built 11% week-to-week in 18-49 (from 3.7/9) and rose 14% from two weeks ago (3.6/8). Comedy about a family of doctors retained 82% of its lead-in from “Two and a Half Men” (5.0/12, 15.24m) — up from 77% last week and 75% the previous week.
In the opening hour, new 8:30 CBS laffer “How I Met Your Mother” (3.4/8 in 18-49, 9.84m) was down a bit while lead-in “King of Queens” (3.5/9, 10.50m) was steady week-to-week. ABC’s “Wife Swap” (3.2/9, 8.07m) continues to perform well, nearly catching the slot’s top-rated entertainment series in 18-49 and winning comfortably in femme demos.
UPN’s comedies had a good night, with “All of Us” kicking things off with season highs (1.5/4, 3.63m).
On the sports side, ABC’s attractive “Monday Night Football” matchup pitting the Pittsburgh Steelers against the San Diego Chargers (6.3/16, 15.72m) got the best of Fox’s Game 5 of the American League Division Series between the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees (4.9/12, 13.70m).
Still, this was the best-ever delivery for the early round of the baseball playoffs, up 88% in 18-49 over the comparable Game 5 of a year ago (a lopsided victory for Houston over Atlanta in the National League).
In the metered-market overnights, the ALDS on Fox averaged a 23.3 household rating/33 share in New York and an 18.6/30 in Los Angeles.
Fox’s League Championship Series round began Tuesday night with the Angels taking on the Chicago White Sox for the American League pennant. Action picks up again tonight with the first game of the Astros-Cardinals series in the National League.
Overall for Monday, ABC won in 18-49 (5.1), with Fox (4.8), CBS (4.7) and NBC (4.3) in the hunt; the broadcast nets combined for a 54 share of the aud. CBS and ABC tied in adults 25-54 (5.8), and the Eye prevailed in total viewers (14.1 million).