ABC breaks 'Monk,' 'Psych' preems on NBC


The NBC premieres of USA Network's "Monk" and "Psych" showed once again that cable network programs get cable-level ratings when transported to broadcast.

Sunday night's debut of "Monk" (5.7 million viewers, 1.5 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49 and a 4 share) and "Psych" (4.0 million, 1.3/3) came in fourth place in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hour, respectively. The shows were also below their prior time-period averages. NBC also ran "Dateline" (4.9 million, 1.4/5) and a repeat.

The NBC shows did not face heavy competition. ABC won the night yet again, but its top-rated reality show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was a repeat this week at 9 p.m. "Oprah's Big Give" (9.4 million, 3.2/8) and "Here Come the Newlyweds" (7.7 million, 3.2/8) tied to led the night in the demo. Without an original lead-in, "Big Give" dropped to its lowest rating of the season. Yet "Newlyweds" managed to grow slightly for its season finale.

Fox was second, airing an original "King of the Hill" (5.2 million, 2.5/7) and animated comedy repeats. One of the repeats was the one-hour "Star Wars" parody episode of "Family Guy," which was the second highest-rated show of the night (6.2 million, 3.1/7).

CBS was third with "60 Minutes" (9.8 million, 1.4/5), "Big Brother" (6.5 million, 2.1/6), an on par "Cold Case" (11.8 million, 2.7/7) in its second week back in originals, and "Dexter" (7.1 million, 2.1).

The CW aired mostly repeat comedies Sunday night and posted low returns (averaging 1 million, 0.4/1).