Posted: Tue., Nov. 29, 2005, 10:55am PT
Big night for b'casters
Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell
By RICK KISSELL
The broadcast nets put up some impressive numbers on the final Monday of the November sweep, highlighted by one of the highest-rated "Monday Night Football" games of the past few years, season highs for each CBS program, and a series-best score for the fall finale of Fox's "Prison Break."
According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ABC will win the night on the strength of its Indianapolis Colts-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup on "Monday Night Football," which averaged a huge 8.5 rating/19 share in adults 18-49 and about 21 million viewers overall on the Alphabet's affils from 9 to 11. Game netted a 15.8 household rating/24 share in Nielsen's metered-market overnights.
CBS countered with its strongest Monday of the season, as an appearance by lifted leadoff hitter (4.5/11 in 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall) to its best delivery of the season and each of the Eye's other skeins followed suit: "How I Met Your Mother" (4.5/11 in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall), (5.7/13 in 18-49, 16.7 million viewers overall), "Out of Practice" (4.6/10 in 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall) and (6.9/16 in 18-49, 19.2 million viewers overall); latter was the night's top entertainment program.
At Fox, "Prison Break" (5.5/12 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) scored big with its fall finale, rising 15% above its previous series-high score. Show will return with its remaining episodes in March.
NBC saw "Surface" post its best scores in seven weeks (3.1/8 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) but was then below average at 9 with "Las Vegas" (3.8/8 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall). "Medium" (4.5/11 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) was on with its season average at 10.
In a correction from yesterday's Morning Ratings Flash, NBC's Sunday drama averaged a 3.1/7 in 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers overall in the Nielsen preliminaries.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for Monday: ABC, 7.4/17; CBS, 5.5/13; Fox, 4.1/10; NBC, 3.8/9; WB, 1.5/3; , 1.4/3.
In total viewers: ABC, 18.4 million; CBS, 15.6 million; NBC, 11.1 million; Fox, 9.4 million; WB, 4.3 million; UPN, 3.3 million.
P.S. I read that "Reunion" has been cancelled. Don't know how many episodes they plan on showing of that show.