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CBS lineup, Fox’s ‘Prison’ strong

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

Fox’s “Prison Break” and most of the CBS lineup hit season highs Monday, a night that saw Eye drama “CSI: Miami” stand as the highest-rated program. CBS tied or won outright for the night in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers with its best showing of the fall.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS comedies “King of Queens” (first-place 3.7 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall), “Two and a Half Men” (5.6/13 in 18-49, 16.9 million viewers overall) and “Out of Practice” (4.5/10 in 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall) all hit season highs. Also, 8:30 laffer “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall) and 10 o’clock drama “CSI: Miami” (6.5/16 in 18-49, 19.2 million viewers overall) both won their slots and could match their season highs with favorable Nielsen roundups when nationals are released.

Fox’s “Prison Break,” back after a two-week baseball-dictated hiatus, shined at 9 (4.7/11 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall), delivering season highs and opening up some distance over drama competish “Las Vegas” on NBC (3.8/9 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall).

Also for NBC, dramas “Surface” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) and “Medium” (4.4/11 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall) were down slightly week-to-week.

Reliable preliminary nationals weren’t available for ABC’s coverage of the “Monday Night Football” game between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets, but the contest averaged a 5.6/13 in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers overall on the Alphabet affiliates from 9-11 p.m.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC and CBS, 5.1/12; NBC, 3.7/9; Fox, 3.6/9; UPN, 1.5/4; WB, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.1 million; ABC, 12.7 million; NBC, 11 million; Fox, 8.2 million; UPN, 3.2 million; WB, 3.1 million.

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