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Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

A competitive “Monday Night Football” contest between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks helped ABC slip past CBS on Monday in key demographics and total viewers, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

The football numbers are subject to significant revision by Nielsen this afternoon, but the Cowboys’ wild 42-39 victory should produce roughly a 6.7 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 and nearly 17 million viewers overall. Game netted a 12.3/19 in Nielsen’s metered-market households.

CBS held tough with its all-repeat lineup, paced by “CSI: Miami” (6.0/15 in adults 18-49, 16.0 million viewers overall), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (5.5/13 in adults 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (5.1/12 in adults 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall). Also of note, in the night’s opening hour “Still Standing” (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) and “Listen Up” (3.4/9 in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) were on par with their previous week’s ratings for original episodes.

NBC led at 8 with “Fear Factor” (4.8/13 in adults 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) and was third in most categories at 9 with “Las Vegas” (4.6/11 in adults 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall). At 10, though, the net fell well behind its rivals with its “Dateline” spec on Princess Diana (2.7/7 in adults 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall).

Fox was on par with recent weeks with “Trading Spouses” (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and “The Swan 2” (3.5/8 in adults 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.1/13; CBS, 4.9/12; NBC, 4.0/10; Fox, 3.3/8; WB, 1.2/3; UPN, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 14.2 million; CBS, 13.5 million; NBC, 11.0 million; Fox, 7.7 million; WB, 3.4 million; UPN, 2.6 million.

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