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‘CSI,’ ‘Trace’ Premieres Push CBS to Thursday Win

Sep 24, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The season premieres of “CSI” and “Without a Trace” helped CBS win Thursday night in total viewers and adults 18 to 49. According to Nielsen Media Research preliminary national ratings, “CSI” was the highest-rated show of the night in adults 18 to 49 with an 11.1 rating and 28 share, eclipsing its time period competitor “The Apprentice,” which scored an 8.2/20 in the demo. At 10 p.m. (ET) CBS made history with “Without a Trace,” which became the first drama ever to beat an original “ER” episode in viewers (21.42 million vs. 19.70 million).

The season premiere of “ER” finished on top in adults 18 to 49 with a 9.9/25 to “Trace’s” 7.4/19, but CBS took the night in the demo due to its performance at 8 p.m. (ET). The first half-hour of “Survivor: Vanuatu — Island of Fire” scored a 6.7/21 compared with “Joey’s” 6.2/19. In “Survivor’s” second half-hour, the reality show beat “Will & Grace” 7.7/21 to 6.8/19.

“Survivor” was down 8 percent from its premiere last week (7.8/22), while “Will & Grace” was down 16 percent from its debut Sept. 16.

ABC’s two-hour season premiere of “Extreme Makeover” scored a 2.1/6 in adults 18 to 49, down 32 percent from last season’s premiere. Newsmagazine “primetime>live” was up 64 percent in the demo from last week’s premiere (2.0/5 vs. 1.4/4).

Fox’s 8 p.m. special “Welcome to the O.C.: A Day in the Life” scored a 1.2/4 in adults 18 to 49, down 29 percent from last week’s “O.C” behind-the-scenes special (1.4/4).

CBS won the night with 23.48 million viewers, followed by NBC (16.72 million), ABC (6.52 million), UPN (4.71 million), Fox (3.12 million) and The WB (2.17 million).

In adults 18 to 49 CBS was in first place with an 8.6/23, followed by NBC with an 8.1/21, ABC with a 2.0/5, UPN with a 1.7/5, Fox with a 1.2/3 and The WB with a 0.9/2.