A dark horse in the off-network race

While Two and a Half Men tied the weekly CSI: Miami for top off-network show, there is a surprise strong performer in the race: Warner Bros.’ other new off-net sitcom, The George Lopez Show.

The sitcom, which aired on ABC until this past season, averaged a season-high 2.7 household rating in the latest Nielsen report. Lopez’s performance is strong thanks to runs on Nick-at-Nite and strong performances in urban markets like Chicago, where WCIU has beaten The Simpsons at 10:30 p.m. on a few occasions with the show.

Meanwhile, Twentieth’s Family Guy notched a 3.9 national rating, while CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond averaged a 4.2.