CBS Wins Big on Monday

CBS won the ratings race convincingly Monday night in the 18-49 demo with a strong performance from its lineup of sitcoms, particularly Everybody LovesRaymond and Two and a Half Men from 9 p.m.-10 p.m., and a crushing performance from a new CSI: Miami from 10 p.m.-11 p.m.

CBS averaged a 6.1/16 for the night in the Nielsen overnight numbers. CSI averaged a whopping 8.1/21 at 10, compared to second-place NBC's 2.9/8 for Law & Order: SVU.

Fox came in a distant second on the night with a 4.2/11 for its two-hour finale of The Swan makeover show/beauty pageant.

NBC took third with a 3.3/9 for back-to-back repeats of Fear Factor plus SVU. ABC was fourth with a 2.0/5 for the TV debut of A Beautiful Mind. UPN was fifth with a 1.7/5 for Eve and Girlfriends and The WB was sixth with repeats of Seventh Heaven and a new Superstar, USA, the send-up of American Idol.

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.