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Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS won the primetime ratings race Monday behind “CSI: Miami” and its comedy block, which included a solid showing for the premiere of “Courting Alex.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “CSI: Miami” (6.4 rating/16 share in adults 18-49, 19.3 million viewers overall) was the night’s top-rated show, with “Two and a Half Men” also performing well (5.7/13 in 18-49, 17.1 million viewers overall). In between those hits, new Jenna Elfman laffer “Courting Alex” (5.0/11 in 18-49, 14.9 million viewers overall) retained about 87% of its “Men” lead-in, slightly better than “Out of Practice” in its series preem last September. CBS was also in the lead at 8 with “King of Queens” (4.0/11 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall).

Fox kept things humming at 9 with “24” (5.8/13 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall), which led its hour in adults 18-49, and did OK at 8 with the series premiere of “Skating With Celebrities” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall). “Skating,” which had a preview following “American Idol” last Wednesday, placed third in 18-49 with its timeslot premiere.

ABC’s unscripted night of programming rose in the ratings, with a repeat “Wife Swap” impressing at 8 (4.0/10 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall), tying CBS for the 18-49 lead and beating “Skating” in demos. And at 10, “The Bachelor: Paris” had its best showing in its three episodes to date (4.1/10 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall); it edged out “CSI: Miami” for the slot lead in adults 18-34.

NBC started slowly with “Surface” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) before picking up some with “Las Vegas” (3.7/8 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall) and “Medium” (4.2/10 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 5.3/13; Fox, 4.7/11; ABC, 3.8/9; NBC, 3.4/8; WB, 1.4/3; UPN, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.5 million; Fox, 12.5 million; NBC, 10.0 million; ABC, 8.6 million; WB, 3.7 million; UPN, 2.7 million.

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