'CSI: Miami,' 'Samantha' Among Shows Hitting Season Lows

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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With holiday scheduling and the writers strike weakening network lineups, scripted shows with original episodes remaining did not benefit from the scarcity of competition Monday night. Several programs hit season lows: ABC comedies "Samantha Who?" and "Notes From the Underbelly," NBC's "Journeyman" and CBS' "CSI: Miami."

CBS easily came out on top among adults 18 to 49 and total viewers, winning the 9 p.m. hour with comedy repeats. The lineup: An original "How I Met Your Mother" (a 3.3 preliminary Nielsen rating) followed by repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (2.8), "Two and a Half Men" (3.8) and "Rules of Engagement" (3.3). At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" topped the hour despite its series low (3.9).

In second place, NBC saw its two-hour edition of "Deal or No Deal" hit its highest rating since April (3.4), while "Journeyman" hit a new low (1.8).

Coming in third, ABC's presentation of the holiday special "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (2.6) finished third for the hour, followed by "Samantha" (2.8), "Notes" (2.0) and "October Road" (2.2).

Fox was fourth with a "House" repeat and a new "K-Ville" (1.5).

The CW's comedy block switched to originals this week, and came in under par with a 0.9 average.
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