NBC Makes Memorial Day 'Deal'

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 29, 2006

NBC made Memorial Day a working holiday for two of its shows, and that was enough to carry the network to a narrow ratings victory on Monday.

For the night, NBC averaged a 6.2 rating/10 share among households, just beating CBS' 6.1/10. ABC finished third with a 4.9/8 (those numbers may change some as the network aired live sports). FOX, 3.7/6, finished fourth. The WB came in fifth with a 1.7/3, topping UPN's 1.2/2.

NBC also led among adults 18-49, drawing a 3.3 rating in the demographic advertisers love so much. ABC and CBS tied for second at 2.8. FOX was next at 2.3, and UPN tied The WB for fifth at 0.8.

"Deal or No Deal" scored an 8.3/15 for NBC at 8 p.m. and was the night's highest-rated show. ABC was second, getting a 4.1/7 from Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals (West Coast viewers saw local programming). Reruns of "The King of Queens," 4.3/8, and "How I Met Your Mother," 3.4/6, put CBS in third. FOX grabbed fourth with the movie "2 Fast 2 Furious," 3.4/6. A "7th Heaven" rerun on The WB beat out repeats of "One on One" and "All of Us" on UPN.

CBS took the lead at 9 p.m. with "Two and a Half Men," 7.1/12, and "The New Adventures of "Old Christine," 6.1/10. NBC dropped one spot to second with "The Apprentice," 6.0/10. ABC's NBA game between the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons stayed in third. FOX's movie improved to 4.0/7 in its second hour to hold onto fourth. The penultimate episode of "Everwood" delivered a 2.1/3 for The WB to stay ahead of UPN's "Girlfriends" and "Half & Half."

A "CSI: Miami" rerun, 7.8/13, won the 10 p.m. hour for CBS. ABC's hoops coverage improved to a 5.8/10, which was good enough to beat a "Medium" rerun, 4.5/8, on NBC.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.
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