ABC wins royally with '20/20'


And the highest-rated show Monday night was ... "20/20"?

Yup, ABC's veteran newsmagazine led the night with its two-hour look at the British royal family.

The special presentation bested Fox's two-hour "Terminator" finale and NBC's game shows. In "20/20: The Royal Family" (14.2 million viewers, 3.7 adults 18 to 49 rating and a 9 share according to preliminary Nielsen returns), a documentary film crew followed Queen Elizabeth II and other British royalty for more than a year. The strong lead-in didn't help "October Road," (5.3 million, 1.9/5) however.

Fox tied ABC for the first-place overall nightly demo average, with back-to-back episodes of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (7.7 million, 3.0/8 and 8.2 million, 3.3/8). The final hour jumped to post the show's best performance in three weeks.

Second-place NBC tried "My Dad is Better Than Your Dad" (7.3 million, 2.4/6) in the 8 p.m. slot, moving "Deal or No Deal" (10.8 million, 3.1/8) to 9 p.m. Without the "Deal" lead-in, "Dad" came in third place for the hour and was down 23% from its two-week average at 9 p.m. At 10 p.m., "Medium" (9.1 million, 3.0/8) won the hour.

CBS aired a mix of repeats and originals: A repeat "How I Met Your Mother" (6.8 million, 2.3/6), a original "Welcome to the Captain" (5.6 million, 1.8/5), a repeat "Two and a Half Men" (9.9 million, 3.2/8), an original "New Adventures of Old Christine" (8.2 million, 2.8/7) and a repeat "CSI: Miami" (9.4 million, 2.6/7).

On The CW, a "Gossip Girl" repeat (1.4 million, 0.6/2) led into an on-par "Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious" (1.7 million, 0.8/2).

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