CBS won Monday night in 18-49s and households thanks to a time-period-winning performance from Everybody Loves Raymond and Two and a Half Men (5.7 rating/14 share) from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. and a time-period-crushing performance from CSI: Miami (8.7/22) from 10 p.m.-11 p.m. for an episode that introduced the cast of next-year's spin-off, CSI: New York. CBS won the night with a 5.7/15 in the demo.
NBC was second with a 4.3/11 in 18-49s for the night with Fear Factor, which won its time period with a 4.4/14, Las Vegas and Crossing Jordan.
Fox was a close third with a 4.2/11 for an American Idol special (4.1/12). The gabfest with judges and contestants, plus a song from each (of the contestants, that is), was fairly strong against Fear Factor, but nothing like the numbers generated by regular Idol outings.
ABC was fourth with a 3.0/8 for its two-hour Motown salute and Super Millionaire, which came in second, though a distant second, at 10 p.m. with a 3.1/8.
The WB was fifth with a 1.9/5 for Seventh Heaven and Superstar USA. UPN was sixth with a 1.1/3 for Eve, Girlfriends, and a couple of Half & Halfs.
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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.