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Less 'Miami' heat still enough for CBS

(Posted September 28, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

As the networks began their second week of combat in the new season, CBS notched Monday's most-watched program with 10 p.m.'s "CSI: Miami," but Fox's "Prison Break" earned the award for hardest-working show of the night.

"CSI: Miami" fended off a challenge from ABC's "Monday Night Football" to finish with 17.4 million viewers and a 5.7 rating/14 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. Still, "CSI: Miami" and CBS' overall fortunes on Monday have taken a hit so far this season.

"CSI: Miami" is off its game significantly in the adults 18-49 demo compared with its performance last season. The crime drama's drop is no doubt due in part to its weaker lead-in from 9:30 p.m. newcomer "Out of Practice" (11.5 million, 3.6/8), which dropped 25% from its lead-in, 9 p.m.'s "Two and a Half Men" (14.4 million, 4.8/11). "Practice" also was down from its premiere ratings last week, as was the case to a lesser degree with "Men," which inherited the 9 p.m. berth formerly occupied by "Everybody Loves Raymond."

CBS' 8 p.m. anchor "The King of Queens" (10.7 million, 3.5/10) essentially was even with its so-so premiere ratings last week. The same was true for 8:30 p.m. newcomer "How I Met Your Mother" (10.4 million, 3.7/10).

In another repeat of last week, Fox was barely on the Nielsen radar from 8-9 p.m. with comedies "Arrested Development" (4 million, 2.0/6) and "Kitchen Confidential" (3.7 million, 1.7/4). But at 9 p.m., Fox's "Prison Break" (8.6 million, 4.0/9) leapfrogged back into respectable ratings territory despite the competition from "Monday Night Football," "Men" and NBC's "Las Vegas" (12.1 million, 4.1/9).

NBC also saw the needle moving in the right direction for its Emmy-winning 10 p.m. drama "Medium" (13.2 million, 5.2/13), which was down from its first-season averages but improved on last week's middling season-premiere rating. At 8 p.m., however, NBC's new drama "Surface" (9.1 million, 2.9/8) tumbled 24% in the adults 18-49 demo from last week's opening-night numbers.

For the night, ABC nosed past CBS for the win in adults 18-49 (4.7/12 to CBS' 4.5/11), while CBS took the night by a comfortable margin in total viewers (13.6 million to ABC's 12 million).

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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