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CBS rolls as ‘Emily’ struggles

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC got off to a sluggish start for its Heather Graham romantic comedy “Emily’s Reasons Why Not,” which was trampled by CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” on an overall strong night for the Eye.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, the 9 o’clock comedy showdown easily went to “Two and a Half Men” (5.9 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, 17.3 million viewers overall) over the series premiere of “Emily’s Reasons Why Not” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), which placed fourth in its timeslot. CBS remained on top at 9:30 with “Out of Practice” (4.7/11 in 18-49, 13.9 million viewers overall), with the Alphabet’s second-season bow of “Jake in Progress” well behind the pack in fourth (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall).

ABC certainly gave “Emily’s Reasons” a good young female lead-in with “Wife Swap,” which was at a season-high and first-place 4.4/12 in adults 18-49 from 8 to 9. CBS comedies “King of Queens” (4.1/11 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) and “How I Met Your Mother” (4.2/11 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) also were on the high end with their first original episodes of the new year.

CBS then cruised at 10 with “CSI: Miami” (6.5/16 in 18-49, 19.6 million viewers overall), the night’s No. 1 program — towering over ABC’s season premiere of fading reality franchise “The Bachelor,” which settled for a 2.7/7 in 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall

NBC started slowly with “Surface” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) before picking up with “Las Vegas” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) and “Medium” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall).

Fox finished fourth in 18-49 on the night but kept the lights on with two repeats of “House,” which averaged a 3.1/8 in the demo and 8.2 million viewers overall.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 5.3/13; NBC, 3.6/9; ABC, 3.3/8; Fox, 3.1/8; WB, 1.1/3; UPN, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.7 million; NBC, 10.6 million; Fox, 8.2 million; ABC, 7.7 million; WB, 2.8 million; UPN, 2.6 million.

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