‘Prison,’ ‘Vegas’ shine Monday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC has captured another Monday primetime in key demos thanks to “Monday Night Football,” but 9 o’clock dramas “Prison Break” on Fox and “Las Vegas” on NBC both looked good, rising week-to-week.

Preliminary Nielsen estimates for “Monday Night Football” are sketchy since it’s a live event airing at different times in various time zones, but the Carolina-Green Bay matchup averaged a 5.8 rating/14 share and 15.3 million viewers overall in affiliate-based projections.

In the 9 o’clock hour, NBC’s “Las Vegas” (4.7/11 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers) was the non-sports 18-49 leader with the conclusion of a crossover storyline with Sunday drama “Crossing Jordan,” and Fox’s “Prison Break” (4.4/10 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers) remained potent with its final episode before a baseball-dictated hiatus, delivering some of its best scores to date.

CBS was second, led by “CSI: Miami” (6/15 in 18-49, 17.9 million viewers overall), which was the night’s top program. Net’s comedies perked up, with “How I Met Your Mother” (3.8/10 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers) again building in rating over its “King of Queens” lead-in (3.5/10 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers), and “Out of Practice” at 9:30 (3.8/9 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers) holding onto nearly 80% of its “Two and a Half Men” lead-in (4.8/11 in 18-49, 14.3 million viewers).

NBC’s “Surface” (3/8 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers) picked up slightly at 8, but 10 o’clock drama “Medium” (4.6/11 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers) fell off after closing the gap with “CSI: Miami” a week ago.

Fox’s 8 o’clock laffers “Arrested Development” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers) and “Kitchen Confidential” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4 million viewers) both gained week-to-week, with “AD” hitting season highs.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.2/13; CBS, 4.6/12; NBC, 4.1/10; Fox, 3.2/8; UPN, 1.4/3; WB, 1.3/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.8 million; CBS, 13.8 million; NBC, 11.8 million; Fox, 6.7 million; WB, 4 million; UPN, 3.3 million.

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