CBS Gets Last Laugh on Fox's 'Married' Finale
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox's "Married by America" perked up on Monday with the show's two-hour finale, but CBS still won the night on the strength of its powerhousecomedies and "CSI: Miami."
"Married by America" had a hard act to follow in March when it moved into the Monday 9 p.m. time slot that had been turbo-charged by the success of "Joe Millionaire." "Married" wrapped its seven-week run on Monday with a two-hour finale that averaged 8.2 million viewers and 3.9 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research.
Proving the fickleness of the reality TV audience, "Married" got off to a slow start despite heavy promotion of the show during the waning weeks of "Joe Millionaire," which notched some 40 million viewers in its two-hour finale. The "Married" finale peaked in the 9:30-10 p.m. half-hour (10.9 million, 5.4/14), which climaxed with the final two contestants taking a pass on actually agreeing to get hitched.
CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond (news - Y! TV)" was as usual the most-watched program of the night, averaging 17.5 million viewers and 5.8/15 in adults 18-49 at 9 p.m. "CSI: Miami" (15 million, 5.3/14) kept CBS on top at 10 p.m. For the night, CBS won by a comfortable margin in total viewers (14.6 million) and the adults 18-49 demo (4.9/14).
NBC's "Crossing Jordan" (10.2 million, 3.8/10) ran a respectable second to "CSI: Miami" in the hour, but the peacock's nightly showing (10.4 million, 4.0/11) was off as "Fear Factor" served up a rerun.
ABC had another night to forget, leading off with a little-watched news special, "The Family Fix: Help! I've Got Kids" (5.7 million, 1.9/6) about parenting techniques for dealing with unruly kids. That combined with back-to-back reruns of "The Practice" from 9-11 p.m. kept the network in distant fourth for the night with an average of 5.2 million viewers and 1.8/5 in the demo.