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Even as Fox’s “Joe Millionaire” hit another ratings high, CBS held tough on Monday, with big timeslot gains for “CSI: Miami” boosting the net to its largest February sweep aud on the night in seven years.

Monday also saw ABC’s “The Practice” improve a bit but remain fourth in its slot while the Alphabet’s two new dramas on the night declined roughly 20% in their second tries.

According to Nielsen, CBS ran a strong second in demos and won the night in total viewers (17.1 million) with its best showing on a February sweep Monday since 1996. Powering the Eye was 10 p.m. drama “CSI: Miami” (18.17m, 6.9/18 in A18-49), which topped the combined 18-49 scores of NBC’s “Crossing Jordan” (3.7/9) and ABC’s “Miracles” (2.9/7).

“CSI: Miami” more than doubled the perf of feeble “Family Law” a year ago (3.3/8) and gave CBS its best showing in the hour since February 1996 (“Chicago Hope”).

CBS’ comedy block was down year-to-year, but “Everybody Loves Raymond” was a strong second in demos at 9 (6.4/14 in A18-49) and led in total viewers (20.35 million). And “Yes, Dear,” featuring guest appearances by Tim Conway and the cast of “JAG,” drew the Eye’s biggest February sweep aud in the 8:30 slot (14.80m) in five years.

Fox’s “Joe Millionaire” hit a series high in total viewers (20.60m) and again dominated its hour in adults 18-49 (10.8/24) and 18-34 (12.5/31). Combined with “Boston Public” (3.9/10 in A18-49), net drew its best Monday rating in the demo with regular programs (7.4/18) in three years.

Big showing has helped Fox move into second in adults 18-49 for the February sweep through five nights (4.5/12), behind NBC (5.2/14). CBS and NBC are tied for the lead in total viewers (13 million).

At ABC, anchor drama “The Practice” (3.1/7 in A18-49, 8.90m) remained fourth in its new 9 o’clock hour but was up 11% in the demo vs. its Monday preem of a week earlier. New dramas “Veritas” (2.5/6, 7.21m) and “Miracles” (2.9/7 in adults 18-49, 7.13m) dropped off by 24% and 19% respectively week-to-week.

Overall, the Alphabet’s revamped Monday lineup fell behind the WB among adults 18-49 (2.9/7 to 2.8/7).

NBC’s “Fear Factor” (6.3/16, 15.26m) again led the 8 o’clock hour and “Third Watch” (4.4/10 in A18-49) remained solid at 9. At 10, though, a “Crossing Jordan” episode that flashed back to the 1960s delivered the drama’s second lowest score of the season (3.6/9 in A18-49).