Miss Universe toppled by 'Two and a Half Men'

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NEW YORK -- A repeat of CBS' lineup gave the network the win Monday night while NBC's Miss Universe Pageant delivered the lowest adults 18-49 ratings since 1995 and the lowest ever in viewership.

A "Two and a Half Men" repeat (10.6 million, 3.4 rating/9 share in adults 18-49) was the night's top show in both viewership and adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. It beat Miss Universe as well as new programming on ABC and Fox.

The Miss Universe pageant averaged 7.1 million viewers and a 2.4/6 in the demo, losing to CBS in each of its two hours from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. "Two and a Half Men" and "King of Queens" (8.7 million, 3.0/8) won the first hour in viewership and the demo while "CSI: Miami" (9.4 million, 2.9/8) won at 10 p.m.

It was the lowest rating in the demo since CBS had the pageant in 1995. It was also down 26% in viewership and down 24% in adults 18-49 compared to last year's 9.6 million and 3.2/9.

ABC won 8 p.m. with "Wife Swap" (6.2 million, 2.3/7), which also was the network's highest deliveries all night with the premiere of "Ex-Wives Club" (5.3 million, 2.0/5) at 9 p.m. and "Supernanny" (5.3 million, 2.1/6) faring slightly worse.

Fox's "On the Lot" (2.8 million, 1.3/4) continued sinking between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; another network loser, "The Real Wedding Crashers" (4.1 million, 1.5/5) didn't do much better at 8 p.m. for NBC.

Nightly averages: ABC (5.6 million, 2.1/6); CBS (8.3 million, 2.7/8); NBC (6.1 million, 2.1/6); Fox (2.8 million, 1.3/4); and The CW (2.1 million, 1.3/4).
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