‘Raymond’ revs up Monday

Eye sweeps aside rivals in adult demos, total viewers

HOLLYWOOD — A strong performance by “Everybody Loves Raymond” helped CBS notch another Monday victory in key demos on a night that also featured the season finales of ABC’s “The Practice” and NBC’s “Crossing Jordan.”

According to Nielsen, CBS led the second Monday of the May sweep in adults 18-49 (5.2/14), adults 25-54 (6.3/15) and total viewers, overcoming sweep stunts that included a second hour of “Fear Factor” on NBC.

“Raymond” (6.5/16 in A18-49, 19.59 million viewers overall) was the No. 1 show of the night, topping “Factor” in their common half-hour (6.5 to 5.5) and matching its demo score of the parallel week a year ago. For the night, CBS was up 24% year-to-year in 18-49, with “CSI: Miami” (5.7/14, 14.46m) responsible for much of that growth.

“Miami” won its hour despite facing the season finales of both NBC’s “Crossing Jordan” (3.9/10 in A18-49) and ABC’s “The Practice” (3.4/8 for its two hours).

This was about on par with recent scores for “Jordan” and the best since moving to Monday for “The Practice,” which edged out “Jordan” at 10:30 (3.8 to 3.7 in adults 18-49). The legal drama will learn next week whether it’s returning for a seventh season.

Fox fell to fourth for the night in 18-49, as reality skein “Mr. Personality” (3.0/7) declined 21% week-to-week and sent the net to its lowest regular-series score in the hour since October (“Girls Club”).

NBC’s two-hour “Fear Factor” won its 8-10 slot in 18-49 (5.3/14), and the net won the night in adults 18-34 and some male demos.

The WB’s “Everwood,” which featured a rare primetime storyline involving abortion, improved nicely week-to-week, averaging a 2.2/6 in adults 18-34.

TNT’s coverage of the NBA playoff contest between the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs likely cut into the broadcast nets’ averages on the night (especially in the West), as the game averaged a 4.7/15 in men 18-34 and 6.54 million viewers overall.

Through Monday, CBS leads the sweep easily in total viewers (12.6 million) while NBC has a comfortable advantage in adults 18-49 (4.5/13).

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