Eye rolls to Monday victory

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

With “Everybody Loves Raymond” picking up steam two weeks from its series finale, CBS racked up its strongest Monday with entertainment programming since January, winning the night in all key measures, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

CBS led comfortably both at 9 with “Everybody Loves Raymond” (6.2 rating/15 share in adults 18-49, 19.2 million viewers overall) and at 9:30 with “Two and a Half Men” (5.7/13 in 18-49, 17.6 million viewers overall), and “CSI: Miami” closed out the night with the top averages for any program (7.1/17 in 18-49, 20.2 million viewers overall).

NBC was runner-up in adults 18-49, paced by a slot-winning perf at 8 for “Fear Factor” (4/11 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and a solid second-place finish at 10 for “Medium” (4.7/11 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall). In between, though, “Las Vegas” settled for third place and some of its lowest firstrun scores to date (3.9/9 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall).

Fox was led by the steady “24” at 9 (4.6/11 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall), building on its lead-in from “Nanny 911” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall). Fourth-place ABC was paced by the season finale of “Supernanny” at 10 (3.5/9 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) and “The Bachelor” at 9 (3.4/8 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 5.4/14; NBC, 4.2/11; Fox, 3.9/10; ABC, 3/8; WB, 1.6/4; UPN, 1.3/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 16.5 million; NBC, 10.9 million; Fox, 9.4 million; ABC, 7.8 million; WB, 4.4 million; UPN, 3.1 million.

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