‘Men’ on the rise at CBS

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

Second-year comedy “Two and a Half Men” hit a season high Monday and teamed with another winning effort from “CSI: Miami” to lift CBS into a virtual tie with ABC for the night’s lead in adults 18-49. The Alphabet should win the night in adults 18-34 and male demos, and the Eye among femmes and adults 25-54, based on preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

“Two and a Half Men” (5.5 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall) won the 9 o’clock half-hour in key categories with its best 18-49 delivery of the season, and lead-out “Out of Practice” (4.4/10 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall) also hit a season high. Both shows may have benefited from lesser-than-usual ratings in the hour from ABC and Fox, which aired sports action.

CBS also ruled at 10 with “CSI: Miami” (6.1/15 in 18-49, 17.2 million viewers overall), the night’s No. 1 program, and either led or challenged for the lead in key categories in the night’s opening hour with “King of Queens” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) and “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7/10 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall).

At NBC, “Surface” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) fell a bit from its week-ago score at 8, while “Las Vegas” (4.5/11 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall) and “Medium” (4.6/11 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall) performed at about their season averages.

Reliable preliminary nationals weren’t available for the live sports action on ABC (Rams-Colts on “Monday Night Football”) or Fox (Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series between the Astros and Cardinals), but in Nielsen’s metered-market household overnight ratings, the football game won out 10.6 rating/16 share to 9.1/14. This is a reversal of the two previous seasons when LCS baseball action on Fox won out over pro football on ABC.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.0/12; CBS, 4.9/12; NBC, 4.0/10; Fox, 3.2/8; UPN, 1.7/4; WB, 1.5/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.9 million; ABC, 12.6 million; NBC, 11.3 million; Fox, 10.5 million; UPN, 3.9 million; WB, 3.7 million.

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