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ABC Wins Monday Night with Last Part of ‘Path to 9/11’

Sep 12, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The second hour of ABC’s controversial miniseries “The Path to 9/11” was the top-rated broadcast network program Monday on a night filled with disrupted programming due to a presidential address.

From 9:25 p.m. to 10:25 p.m. (ET), the conclusion of “Path” scored a 4.4, with a truncated “Primetime” 9/11-themed special garnering a 3.1 in adults 18 to 49.

For its first hour, at 8 p.m., “Path” scored a 3.1 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, a number that includes live viewing plus same-day viewing via digital video recorders, according to Nielsen Media Research. An original episode of Fox’s “Prison Break” was tops at 8 p.m. with a 3.7, while NBC’s newsmagazine “Dateline” scored a 2.1. CBS’s 8 p.m. comedy block scored a 1.9 in repeats.

At 9 p.m. the Big 4 networks broke away to cover an approximately 20-minute presidential address, with ABC scoring a 3.9 in adults 18 to 49, followed by Fox with a 2.1, and CBS and NBC each with a 2.0. More than 31 million viewers tuned in to the Big 4 during the 9 p.m. half-hour.

A repeat of CBS comedy “Two and Half Men” at 9:25 p.m. scored a 2.5, while a 40-minute “Dateline” on NBC starting at 9:20 p.m. scored a 1.8. At 10 p.m. a repeat of “CSI: Miami” on CBS (2.9) outperformed a repeat “Medium” on NBC (1.6).

An original episode of Fox’s “Vanished,” which ran from 9:19 p.m. until 10:18 pm., scored a 2.0 in the demographic.

ABC was the No. 1 network for the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 3.7, followed by Fox (2.5), CBS (2.3) and NBC (1.8).