‘Raymond’ rakes in 32 million

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” ended its ninth and final season a big winner Monday night, drawing a series-best 32.2 million viewers, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. Overall, the Eye had its highest-rated Monday in young adults in more than seven years.

The “Raymond” finale (10.8 rating/25 share in adults 18-49, 32.2 million viewers overall) dominated the competish at 9, roughly matching the CBS-NBC-Fox young-adult delivery in the time period. A one-hour retrospective in the night’s opening hour, “The Last Laugh” (7.3/20 in 18-49, 23.8 million viewers overall), also scored big for CBS, as well as “Two and a Half Men” (8.2/19 in 18-49, 24.6 million viewers overall), which hit series highs. At 10, “CSI: Miami” (8.2/20 in 18-49, 23.1 million viewers overall) had its best 18-49 score since November and its largest overall audience to date.

CBS won every half-hour of the night in all key categories, delivering its best 18-49 average on the night since the NCAA men’s basketball tourney final in March 1998. In total viewers, it’s the net’s best Monday showing since the Winter Olympics in February 1994.

Elsewhere, Fox’s “24” held up well (5.2/12 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall), placing a solid second at 9 one week from its finale. At ABC, the three-hour finale of “The Bachelor” averaged a 3.9/10 in 18-49 and 9.3 million viewers overall.

NBC didn’t do much with the three-hour original telepic “Hercules” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 8.3/21; Fox, 4.1/10; ABC, 3.9/10; NBC, 2.5/6; UPN, 1.7/4; WB, 1.6/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 25.1 million; Fox, 9.4 million; ABC, 9.3 million; NBC, 7.2 million; WB, 4.5 million; UPN, 4.0 million.

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