CBS Sweeps Monday

CBS won the Nielsen Media Research overnight prime-time ratings Monday in the key 18-49 demo with strong showings across the board. The network improved on the previous Monday's performance in every half-hour of the night on its way to a 4.9 rating/13 share average.

It's top show was CSI: Miami at 10 p.m. with a 6.8/18, up slightly from the previous week's 6.7/17.

Fox was second on the night with a 3.9/11. Drama 24 was the definition of consistency at a 4.5/11, the same rating share it has recorded for the last three weeks (though down from the the 6 and 5 ratings it was averaging earlier in the run) and good enough for second place at 9-10 behind CBS' Raymond (5.3/14) and Two & a Half Men (5.4/13).

ABC took third place with a 3.0/8. It's top show was Supernanny at 10 with a 3.7/10, good enough to win the nanny battle (though it was not head-to-head) over Fox's Nanny 911 (3.4/10 at 8).

NBC was fourth with a 2.8/8 with an all-repeat lineup, with new drama Medium coming in a distant third at 10 p.m.

The WB took fifth with repeats of Seventh Heaven and a new Everwood. UPN was sixth with repeats of its sitcom lineup.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.