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CBS Obliterates Thursday Field, Ties Wednesday

December 14, 2007 12:16 PM

Survivor (CBS)CBS won as about much as it could win Thursday night, leading every half-hour among adults 18 to 49 and total viewers. With its all-original lineup up against mostly repeats, CBS won the keystone night by more than two full ratings points.

CBS’ on-par lineup included the penultimate “Survivor: China” (4.5 preliminary Nielsen rating in 18-49), “CSI” (6.1) and “Without a Trace” (4.0).

In second place, NBC aired an hourlong “The Office” repeat (2.7), “30 Rock” (2.8) and a repeat of the special “Saturday Night Live Christmas” (2.7).

Placing third, Fox had “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (2.5) and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” (2.7).

ABC had repeats in fourth place. The CW aired “Smallville” (1.5) and “Supernatural” (1.2).

Wednesday: Ratings were delayed. Here’s a brief rundown of the national tallies: CBS and NBC tied for first in the 18-49 demo, with CBS eking out a victory among total viewers.

CBS had the season finale of “Kid Nation” (2.2), “Criminal Minds” (3.6) and “CSI: NY” (4.1).
NBC aired a two-hour “Deal or No Deal” (3.6, an 11-week high) and “Dateline” (2.7).

Fox had comedy repeats and the season finale of “Kitchen Nightmares” (an on-par 2.8). By the by, for “Nightmares” fans, here’s a site that live-blogs each “Nightmares” episode, checks out the online menus of the restaurants and sometimes interviews the restaurant owners for a little reality fact-checking.

On The CW, the premiere reality series “Crowned” (1.1), about mother-daughter beauty contests, lost more than half its lead-in from the typically sturdy “America’s Next Top Model” finale (2.6).


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Troy S. Woody:

CBS is continually showing it's strength as a network with over 5 years of ruling Thursday nights and constantly being on top through that time in House Holds and in all the key demos that matter and have money to spend. CBS you ROCK!

Troy Woody

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