Nets Rely On Reruns To Boost Mondays

The last Monday in October brought little ratings change to the networks.

The top two networks had identical ratings to those of a week ago: ABC grabbing a 4.6/11 and CBS a 4.1/10. Those are Nielsen Media Research live-plus-same-day data. NBC was just a tick down off of a week ago at a 3.3/8, down from a 3.4/8.

The only real change came from Fox--which went into early rerun mode with repeats of "House" and from "K-Ville." This pushed the network down 32% to a 1.7/4--down from last week's 2.5/6, when it ran fresh episodes of "Prison Break" and "K-Ville."

Why the reruns so early in the season?

With a shortened World Series--Boston's four-game sweep of Colorado --Fox needed to vamp a bit until the high-profile November sweep programming begins.

The top-rated show of the evening--ABC's "Dancing With The Stars"--drifted back a bit to a 5.2/13 from its 5.5/13 of a week before. But ABC's new comedy "Samantha Who?" kept to its surprising high levels: 4.5/10, the same versus a week ago. Even ABC's 10 p.m. show "The Bachelor" climbed to a 3.6/9 from a 3.3/8.

NBC's two rookie shows slipped a bit: "Chuck" went to a 2.8/7 from a 2.9/7,and "Journeyman" landed at a 2.2/6 from its 2.4/6 a week ago.

Two mainstay 9 p.m. shows didn't really move much: CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and NBC's "Heroes" had identical numbers--4.9/11--virtually the same numbers as a week ago. CBS' "CSI: Miami" won the 10 p.m. time period again with a 4.6/12.

For is comedy lineup, the CW put up similar numbers as a week ago--a 1.0 rating/2.4 share versus a 1.0 rating/2.5 share. MyNetworkTV's "Celebrity Expose" two-hour block earned it a 0.3/0.8 versus its 0.4/1.0 of a week before.

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