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’24’ Finale Nails Monday Demo Win for Fox

May 23, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox won Monday, May 22, in the advertiser-friendly adults 18 to 49 demographic with the two-hour season finale of its thriller drama “24.”

The conclusion of “24’s” fifth season scored a 5.5 rating in adults 18 to 49, a number that included live-plus-same-day viewing, according to Nielsen Media Research. The “24” finale outpaced its competition in the demo for every half-hour, growing 20 percent from a 5.0 at 8 p.m. (ET) to a 6.0 at 9:30 p.m.

Despite its strength, “24” was not the highest-rated show for the night in adults 18 to 49. That distinction went to CBS’s season finale of the forensics procedural drama “CSI: Miami,” which scored a 6.8 in the 10 p.m. (ET) hour. “Miami” was down 7 percent from last season’s finale, but still outpaced its closest time-period competitor, the season finale of NBC’s psychic drama “Medium,” by 79 percent (3.8).

The No. 3 show for the night in adults 18 to 49 was the season finale of CBS’s comedy “Two and a Half Men” at 9 p.m., which scored a 5.1, its best performance in two months.

On ABC, the two-hour series finale of veteran spy drama “Alias” scored a 2.7 in adults 18 to 49. That was “Alias'” best performance in the demo for the season, but still down 31 percent from its lead-in, the one-hour special “Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball,” which scored a 3.9. “Oprah,” which was postponed from last week after being pre-empted by a presidential address, gave ABC its best performance in the 8 p.m. time period since February.