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‘Office’ Wins Promotion for NBC

April 18, 2008 1:47 PM

The Office

Subtract original episodes of “CSI” and “Lost” from Thursday, and NBC’s “The Office” gets promoted to the top show of the night in the ratings game.

“The Office” was up slightly from last week to a 5.0 rating/13 share, according to Nielsen numbers. “Scrubs” also faced weaker competition and bounced up 9% from last week to a 3.7/10.

On par with its time slot average, “30 Rock” scored a 2.8/8, while “My Name Is Earl” was down slightly with a 2.7/9. “ER” tied last week’s numbers with a 3.1/9.

NBC finished the night in first place with a 3.4/10.

CBS (3.0/8) tied last week’s “Survivor” numbers with a 3.9/12 and rounded out the night with “CSI” and “Without a Trace” repeats.

Fox (2.8/8) tumbled from an “American Idol”-enhanced Thursday last week, with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” (2.5/8) and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” (3.1/8), the latter down 23%.
A two-hour “Lost” (1.3/4) repeat didn’t do ABC (1.5/4) or its lead-out “Eli Stone” any favors, as it was the second lowest-rated show of the night.

“Eli Stone’s” season finale brought in a 2.0/6, which is 11% better than last week, but third for the time period.

The CW (1.4/4) aired a new episode of “Smallville” (1.4/4), tying its previous season average. “Supernatural” was in repeats.

Odds and Ends:

Next week, expect original episodes to return for “Gossip Girl” and “Supernatural” on The CW; “Ugly Betty,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lost” on ABC; “Moonlight” on CBS; and “Law & Order” on NBC.

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