CBS Wins Monday

CBS won the prime-time Nielsen Media Research ratings race Monday night in the 18-49 demo with a 4 rating/11 share for sitcoms Yes, Dear, Sill Standing, Everybody Loves Raymond and Two & a Half Men, plus drama CSI: Miami, all repeats. CSI was the night's top-rated show with a 4.9/13.

NBC was second for the night with a 3.2/9 for Fear Factor, which won its time period at 8-9, and two-hour reality special, The One That Got Away.

ABC and Fox tied for the night with a 1.4/4. ABC's was for a Stanley Cup hockey game, while Fox offered up back-to-back repeats of drama, The O.C.

The WB came in fifth with a 1/3 for a Seventh Heaven repeat and Superstar, USA, its reality send-up of American Idol. UPN was sixth with a .8/2 for its sitcom lineup of The Parkers, Eve, Girlfriends and Half and Half.

The household race results were CBS 7.7/13; NBC, 4.5/8; ABC and Fox, 2.3/4; WB, 1.8/3, and UPN, 1.5/3.

FYI: A rating is a percentage of everyone in the U.S. who has a TV and is tuned to a particular show. A share is the percentage of everyone in the U.S. who has the TV on and is tuned to that show. A household rating is a percentage of the sets tuned to a show, a demo is a percentage of a particular age group (18-49-year-olds, for example) tuned to a show.

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.