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‘SNL’ spec scores for NBC

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC had its strongest Monday of the season last night thanks to an election-themed “Saturday Night Live” spec, which lifted the net into a virtual tie with ABC for the night’s lead among young adults, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. CBS, the usual Monday leader, aired all repeats.

From 10 to 11, “SNL Presidential Bash 2004: The Great Debates” (5.9/15 in adults 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall) beat out in demos a repeat of CBS drama “CSI” (5.0/13 in adults 18-49, 14.4 million viewers overall) and roughly doubled the average delivery in the hour this season for new drama “LAX.”

The Peacock’s “Fear Factor” won the 8 o’clock hour by matching its season-high score (4.9/13 in adults 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) and “Las Vegas” (4.7/11 in adults 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall) remained solid but lagged repeats of CBS comedies “Everybody Loves Raymond” (5.1/12 in adults 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (4.9/11 in adults 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall).

Fox’s time-period premiere of “Trading Spouses” performed decently at 8 (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), and “The Swan” (3.1/7 in adults 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) was down slightly vs. last week’s OK season bow.

Reliable numbers weren’t available for ABC’s “Monday Night Football” game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins or for its special “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How’d They Do That?,” but in affiliate-based preliminary results, ABC edged out NBC for the night in adults 18-49.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.2/13; NBC, 5.1/13; CBS, 4.3/11; Fox, 3.2/8; WB, 2.2/5; UPN, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.1 million; CBS, 12.8 million; NBC, 12.5 million; Fox, 7.4 million; WB, 5.9 million; UPN, 2.9 million.

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