CBS, Fox split Mon.; NBC hockey distant 4th


NEW YORK -- CBS and Fox split Monday night's primetime while NBC came in a distant fourth place with the fourth game of Stanley Cup playoff hockey.

CBS was the night's top network in viewership while Fox was tops in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. There were several original programs on each of the Big Four, while the viewership crown was won by a repeat "Two and a Half Men" (11.1 million, 3.3 rating/9 share). The night's top adults 18-49 show was the hourlong "Hell's Kitchen" (8 million, 3.6/10) on Fox between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs averaged 3 million viewers and a 1.2/3, remaining relatively steady between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

ABC won 8 p.m. with a repeat "Wife Swap" (6.8 million, 2.6/8) ahead of CBS's new animated "Creature Comforts" (6.1 million, 1.8/6) and a repeat "House" (6.4 million, 2.3/8). CBS and Fox split the 9 p.m. hour with "Two and a Half Men" and "Hell's Kitchen," ahead of "The Ex-Wives Club" (5.7 milllion, 2.2/6).

The 10 p.m. hour was won by "CSI: Miami" (9.4 million, 2.8/8) ahead of the Stanley Cup finals and ABC's "Supernanny" (5.9 million, 2.5/7).

Nightly averages: ABC (6.1 million, 2.4/7); CBS (8.5 million, 2.6/8); NBC (3 million, 1.2/3); Fox (7.2 million, 3.0/9); and The CW (2.1 million, 0.8/2).