CBS and ABC claim first night victory


Monday was the first night of the 2008-2009 television season and CBS is celebrating its first premiere Monday victory in the key 18-49 demo since 2002. “Big Bank Theory kicked off the evening with its most-watched 8:00 pm ET/PT airing ever, followed by strong showings from “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men,” although the audience fell off for the debut of the new comedy “Worst Week.” CBS came back strong at 10:00 pm with the 7th season premiere of “CSI: Miami.”
But ABC wore the Household crown and beat the Eye net in total average viewership – 17.2 million to 13.1 million. The two-hour season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” generated ABC’s largest audience for the time period in a year and a half. The season premier of “Boston Legal” rounded out the evening.