ABC Wins Monday Night, ‘CSI: Miami’ Top Show

Sep 20, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Two high-profile football games propelled ABC to a win the first night of the 2005-06 season, but CBS’s season premiere of the 10 p.m. (ET) procedural “CSI: Miami” took top honors in the adults 18 to 49 demographic.

“CSI: Miami” scored a 6.7 rating in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was 17 percent below its season premiere last year (8.1), but “Miami” outperformed its lead-in, the debuting comedy “Out of Practice” (4.3), by 56 percent.

CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” which has replaced the departed “Everybody Loves Raymond” at 9 p.m., scored a 5.1 in the demo, the second-highest nonsports programming of the night. “Men” dropped 14 percent from “Raymond’s” debut last year.

“How I Met Your Mother,” CBS’s new 8:30 p.m. sitcom, scored a 3.9 rating. That was up 8 percent from the year-ago time period premiere of the failed “Listen Up” and up 8 percent from lead-in “King of Queens (3.6).

On NBC, the debut of “Surface” scored a 3.8, second only to football in the time period. But “Surface” was down 7 percent from last year’s time period premiere of “Fear Factor” (4.1).

Fox’s “Arrested Development” scored a 2.0 rating in its new Monday 8 p.m. time period, coming in 17 percent higher than the time period premiere of last year’s “North Shore.” The debuting “Kitchen Confidential” at 8:30 p.m. also scored a 2.0, improving over the second half-hour of last season’s “North Shore” by 11 percent.

On The WB, the debuting lawyer drama “Just Legal” scored a 1.1, down 45 percent from last season’s time period premiere “Everwood.”

All four comedies on UPN’s reshuffled Monday night lineup grew from their time period debuts last year, with the highest- rated comedy, “Girlfriends” at 9 p.m., scoring a 1.9, up 19 percent from its debut last year.