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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Monday Ratings Battle: Round 1

Critics didn't particularly dig it, but NBC's new science fiction drama Surface had a decent premiere Monday night, snaring 11.2 million viewers, while airing against a special football game and a glut of similar series.

Meanwhile, our darling, Fox's Arrested Development, shit the bed big time in its new slot, collecting a pathetic 4.6 million viewers. And CBS' "Two and a Half Men" had 15 million viewers for its debut in the crucial 9 p.m. Eastern time slot, decent but 7 percent below last year's "Everybody Loves Raymond season premiere.

And Medium , with Emmy winning man-handed star Patricia Arquette, saw no bounce from the award: ABC's Monday Night Football and CBS's CSI: Miami held it to just 12.7 million viewers.

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