Fox takes the lead in Monday ratings


Fox cleaned up in the key demos Monday night with a special called
Bridezillas, followed by Joe Millionaire.

Fox tied CBS in the household race in the local Nielsen Media Research
metered markets, and the two networks were in a virtual tie with total viewers,
according to Nielsen's fast national numbers. According to national ratings, CBS
had the edge in households.

Joe Millionaire was the most-watched show of the night, drawing more than
20 million viewers. Everybody Loves Raymond -- usually the No. 1
entertainment draw on Mondays -- was No. 2 with more than 17 million

The Nielsen numbers showed that viewers weren't too impressed with ABC's
Monday-night scheduling moves, despite being well promoted on the Super Bowl the
night before.

The premieres of Veritas and Miracles and the shift of The
to Monday at 9 p.m. finished fourth on the night across the key
ratings categories.

NBC was third for the night with its regular Monday roster of Fear
, Third Watch and Crossing Jordan.

The Nielsen fast affiliate numbers for the night, households: CBS 9.8
rating/15 share, Fox 8.9/12, NBC 8.0/12 and ABC 6.2/9.

Adults 18 through 49: Fox 7.7/18, CBS 5.4/13, NBC 5.0/12 and ABC 3.3/8.

In the local metered markets, The WB Television Network averaged a 6.0/8
(household) for 7th Heaven and Everwood, while UPN averaged a
2.9/4 for its Monday comedy block. UPN's best showing was an 8 p.m. repeat of
The Parkers that averaged a 3.0.