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Football-Driven ABC Wins Monday Night

Sep 27, 2005  •  Post A Comment

“NFL Monday Night Football” helped propel ABC into the end zone among adults 18 to 49 Monday, winning the network the night in the advertiser-friendly demo.

But CBS’s 10 p.m. (ET) procedural drama “CSI: Miami” was the top-rated program for the night in adults 18 to 49, scoring a 5.7 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. That bested “NFL” (5.5), which was down 15 percent from last week’s game.

“Miami” also saw a decline from its season premiere last week, dropping 17 percent from last week’s 6.7 rating. The No. 1 sitcom of the night was CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” at 9 p.m., which scored a 4.8, down 6 percent from its season premiere last week. For the first two weeks of the season, “Men” was down 17 percent from the 2004-05 time period holder, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (5.0 versus 6.0). “Men’s” lead-out comedy, “Out of Practice,” dropped 16 percent from its debut last week to a 3.6.

The WB’s new 9 p.m. drama “Just Legal” scored a 1.0 in the demo, down 9 percent from its premiere last week.

At 8:30 p.m., CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” won its time slot in the demo with a 3.7 but was down 6 percent from its series premiere last week. Fox’s 8:30 p.m. comedy, “Kitchen Confidential,” was down 15 percent for the week to a 1.7.

Only two shows grew from their airings last week: Fox’s 9 p.m. drama “Prison Break” (4.0 versus 3.8) and NBC’s 10 p.m. psychic drama “Medium” (5.2 versus 4.5).

The largest decline for any series on Monday was NBC’s 8 p.m. sci-fi thriller “Surface,” which dropped 24 percent from its debut last week to a 2.9 rating.