Monday prime is two-net seesaw


Monday night was a tussle between ABC and CBS.

The two networks tied in average household rating/share for the night, but
CBS had a slight edge in total viewers and ABC took the key adult demos,
according to Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate ratings. NBC was third and
Fox fourth pretty much all night.

From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST, CBS was the winner across the board with its
King of Queens/Yes, Dear lineup.

ABC, with a 20/20 special in the East and Central time zones and
Monday Night Football in Mountain and Pacific, was not far behind in the
major categories (Nielsen noted that numbers for the live sports event could
change when final numbers are released later Tuesday).

The 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. slot went to MNF on ABC, even though CBS'
Everybody Loves Raymond took households and total viewers in the 9 p.m.
to 9:30 p.m. half-hour.

From 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., ABC -- with MNF in the East and Central time
zones and 20/20 in Mountain and Pacific -- narrowly edged out CBS'
CSI: Miami in households and total viewers and held a solid lead in
adults 18 through 34, 18 through 49 and 25 through 54.

For the night, households: ABC and CBS 11.0 rating/17 share; NBC 7.3/11; Fox

Adults 18 through 49: ABC 6.5/15, CBS 5.9/14, NBC 5.0/12 and Fox