Cosby, Pearl debut

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The debut of "Cosby" on CBS drew an 18.1 Nielsen rating/27 share Monday night in the nation's 33 metered markets. The season premiere of "Pearl," Rhea Pearlman's new CBS show, registered a 17.4 rating/26 share in the same markets. "Pearl" will move to its regular spot on Wednesday nights later this season. The return of CBS' "Murphy Brown," with new cast member Lily Tomlin, received a 17.8 rating/25 share in the 33 markets.

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