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Fox's '24' off to soft start; CBS comedies soar

January 13, 2009 | 10:40 am

24_2 Fox's "24" has gotten off to a modest start in its seventh season, with ratings for its two-hour Monday time slot premiere down 30% among young adults compared with 2007.

The counter-terrorism drama starring Kiefer Sutherland gathered an average of 12.3 million total viewers (4.1 rating/10 share in adults ages 18-49), according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That was down considerably from the Monday opener two years ago (15.7 million; 5.9/14).

However, the Monday premiere retained 98% of the total audience from Sunday's "24" special.

CBS won the night on the strength of its comedy lineup; "Two and a Half Men" was the night's most-watched show, with 17.1 million. Meanwhile, NBC's "Superstars of Dance" continued its quick fade, averaging just 7 million viewers over its two-hour run.

-- Scott Collins

(Photo courtesy Fox)