CBS lineup bests NBC's 'Clash,' 'Duel' combo


NEW YORK -- "Clash of the Choirs" struck a sour note and "Duel" wasn't all that strong as CBS' comedy and "CSI: Miami" lineup came out ahead in Monday's primetime.

NBC premiered a two-hour "Clash" and game show "Duel" fought for an hour and a half, only to find themselves outdueled by the proven CBS lineup. Then a weakened "CSI: Miami" -- which fell to its lowest original telecast ratings ever -- was able to easily dispatch its rivals at 10 p.m. Monday's preliminary estimates were released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

"Clash" (7.9 million viewers, 2.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49) was in a virtual dead heat with "Duel" (7.7 million, 2.5/7), but ABC fell at 9:30 p.m. with "Notes From the Underbelly" (5 million, 1.9/5).

CBS was highlighted by an hour of repeat "Two and a Half Men" (11.4 million, 3.7/9) before "CSI: Miami" (13.9 million, 3.9/10) won at 10 p.m. NBC's "Journeyman" (4.4 million, 1.6/4) dropped to its lowest adults 18-49 rating of the season, while "October Road" (5.7 million, 2.2/6) came in second in the hour.

For the night, CBS (10.6 million, 3.3/9) won against ABC (6.6 million, 2.3/6); NBC (6.7 million, 2.1/6); Fox (6.7 million, 2.1/6) and the CW (1.5 million, 0.6/2).