'Duel,' 'Choirs' Clash and Burn

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In a ratings report sure to please striking writers, ABC's and NBC's latest unscripted series premieres were overshadowed by repeats Monday night.

The two-hour debut of ABC's new game show "Duel" (2.5 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49) and NBC's holiday reality competition "Clash of the Choirs" (2.4) posted low returns for their respective time periods. "Duel" barely bested the 90-minute "Choirs" by a tenth of a point in the 8 p.m. hour.

However, a rerun of Fox's "House" (2.6) edged out both of them in the 8 p.m. hour, as did back-to-back repeats of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" at 9 p.m. (3.6) and 9:30 (3.7).

CBS managed to come out on top for the evening, winning in the demo and among total viewers. CBS ran two hours of comedy repeats leading into an original "CSI: Miami" (3.9) that was the highest-rated show of the night despite matching its series low.

ABC was second with "Duel," "Notes From the Underbelly" (1.9) and "October Road" (2.2).

NBC and Fox tied for third, with NBC airing "Choirs" and "Journeyman" (a series-low 1.6). Fox had "House" and the final scheduled episode of "K-Ville" (1.6). The CW was fifth with repeats.

UPDATE: In the Nielsen national ratings, ABC's "Duel" dropped sharply to a 2.1 rating due to some affiliates carrying ESPN's "Monday Night Football." As a result, NBC's "Choirs" (2.4) came out on top between the two shows.