CBS Wins Viewers, ABC Wins Adults 18 to 49 for New Year’s Week

Jan 4, 2005  •  Post A Comment

For the second week in a row, holiday pre-emptions and sports specials filled a week where CBS took the top spot in total viewers and ABC found itself No. 1 in the adults 18 to 49 demographic.

For the week ended Jan. 2, the top-rated show among adults 18 to 49 was ABC’s “NFL Monday Night Football,” which scored a 6.1 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. CBS’s “CSI” took the No. 2 spot with a 5.8, followed by ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent (both 4.8) and CBS’s “Without a Trace” (4.7).

“CSI” took the top spot in total viewers, bringing in 18.32 million. CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” came in second with 16.44 million, followed by “NFL Monday Night Football” (16.36 million), “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (14.85 million), and CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond (14.76 million).

On New Year’s Eve, ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ’05” with Regis Philbin substituting for Dick Clark was the top-rated show of the night with a 2.6 in the demo. A repeat of “Without a Trace” was the second-highest rated program of the night with a 2.0, followed by a special two-hour “Dateline” (1.8) and “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (1.7), both on NBC.

Despite Sunday night’s pre-emption of the top-rated “Desperate Housewives” for the two-hour TV movie “Dynasty: the Making of a Guilty Pleasure” (2.0 ranking, No. 65 in the demo), ABC won the week in adults 18 to 49 with a 3.4, followed by CBS (3.1), NBC (2.8), Fox (2.3), UPN (1.1) and The WB (0.9).

CBS garnered 10.22 million viewers for the week, followed by ABC (9.65 million), NBC (8.50 million), Fox (5.47 million), UPN (2.74 million) and The WB (2.27 million).