Old Christine Slips on CBS

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Could the Seinfeld curse be taking effect? CBS’ The New Adventures of Old Christine slipped in the prime time ratings Monday night, scoring its lowest numbers in the 9:30 time slot since it premiered March 13, according to Nielsen Fast Affiliate overnight numbers (live plus same day). The sitcom starring Julia Louis Dreyfuss earned a 3.8 rating/9 share in the key 18-49 demo, down from the 5.2/12 it scored last week. The show came in fourth in the time slot, behind the second half-hours of Fox’s 24, NBC’s The Apprentice and ABC’s Supernanny. However, it was the only original programming choice in a night of reruns for the network, so it is too soon to know if the Seinfeld curse could be responsible. Its lead-in was a rerun of Two and a Half Men (4.5/10).  Stay tuned next week.

CBS was second overall for the night with a 4.0/10 in the demo. Its highest-rated show was a repeat of CSI: Miami from 10-11 (5.2/14).

First for the night was Fox. The network got its best number from 24 (a 6.0/14 between 9-10).

NBC and ABC tied for third place with a 3.8 rating (NBC got a 10 share, ABC a 9).

Game show Deal or No Deal gave NBC its best numbers; the Howie-Mandel-helmed show got a 5.0/13 from 8-9 (identical to last week's numbers).

Best in show for ABC was Supernanny, which got a 4.2/10 from 9-10.

UPN was fifth with a 1.4/3 for its lineup of sitcoms. Close behind was The WB with a 1.3/3 for its two-hour return of drama Everwood.