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Stunts make waves

CBS, NBC ride high in sweeps

Sweep stunts helped a pair of dramas, “CSI: Miami” on CBS and “Las Vegas” on NBC, to season-high scores Monday.

A special 90-minute episode of the Eye skein, which saw a tsunami hitting Miami, racked up a big 8.1 rating/20 share in adults 18-49 and 22.09 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen — the skein’s best November sweeps perf to date.

CBS rolled to victory on the night in adults 18-49 (6.1/15) and total viewers (17.2 million), with its best showing of the season in the demo and its largest overall aud on the night in 18 months.

And at NBC, the conclusion of its crossover event with “Crossing Jordan” lifted soph drama “Las Vegas” to its second best 18-49 result (5.8/13) and its largest overall aud to date (14.80 million). But that didn’t help the premiere of 10 o’clock three-part reality skein “$25 Million Hoax” (3.2/8, 7.15m).

One night after Fox’s “My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss” opened weakly, it looks like the unscripted-hoax genre of reality programming may be over.

Elsewhere on the night, the 100th episode of “Fear Factor” (5.1/13, 12.40m) easily won at 8 and hit season highs, CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men” did pretty well in a special 9 o’clock airing (5.4/13 in 18-49, 16.04m), and the conclusion of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” delivered more disappointing results for the WB (1.7/4 in 18-49, 4.17m).

ABC was solid with “Monday Night Football” (6.6/17 in 18-49, 17.15m), and Fox’s “Trading Spouses” (3.7/9, 8.43m) was up in week two.

Through five nights of the four-week November sweep ratings period, CBS leads the pack in adults 18-49 with a 4.6 rating/12 share, followed by NBC (4.1/11), ABC (4.0/11), Fox (2.9/8), UPN (1.5/4) and the WB (1.4/4). Only ABC and CBS are up vs. a year ago at this point.

The Eye net also leads comfortably in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

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