CBS won the prime-time Nielsen Media Research ratings race Monday night in the key 18-49 demo, primarily on the strength of CSI: Miami, Two and a Half Men and a repeat of Everybody Loves Raymond.
CBS averaged a 5.5 rating/14 share for the night in the demo, with CSI:Miami the highest rated show on any network with a 7.5/19 at 10-11.
ABC took second with a 4.3/11 in 18-49's for Life of Luxury and a high-scoring NFL game between two low-rated teams.
Fox pushed its way past the Peacock for third place, thanks to decent if unspectacular outings by its reality shows Trading Spouses (3.5/9) and The Swan (3.4/8), combined with NBC's losing streak with Las Vegas, which averaged a 3.1/8 at 9-10, then only a 2.2/6 with a repeat at 10.
NBC averaged a 3.0/8 on the night for fourth place, with the bright spot Fear Factor, which won its 8-9 time period with a 3.8/10.
UPN was fifth with a 1.3/3 for its comedies One on One, Half and Half, Girlfriends and Second Time Around.
The WB was sixth with a 1.1/3 for Seventh Heaven and Everwood.
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.
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