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Fox Wins Thursday Night in Adults 18 to 49

Mar 3, 2006  •  Post A Comment

A special results episode of “American Idol” and the finale of “Skating With Celebrities” gave Fox the top spot among networks in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, with the season’s traditional Thursday-night winner, CBS, coming in second in the demo.

Thursday’s top program was “Idol,” scoring a 10.9, a number that includes live-plus-same-day DVR viewing, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was up 10 percent from its performance in the 8 p.m. (ET) time period last week, and the network’s best ratings in the time period in at least 14 years.

An original episode of CBS’s 9 p.m. drama “CSI” was second in the demo for the night with a 9.0, followed by its lead-out, an original hour of “Without a Trace” (5.9), and NBC’s “ER” (5.8), which featured the return of former series regular Noah Wyle.

Facing “Idol” at 8 p.m., CBS’s “Survivor: Panama-Exile Island” scored a 5.5 in the demo, tying last week’s performance, which was the reality series second-lowest delivery ever for a regular original telecast.

Fox’s “Skating” scored a 5.1 in adults 18 to 49, garnering its best ratings since its debut and tying NBC’s comedy “My Name Is Earl.”

Fox scored an 8.0 for the night in the demo, followed by CBS (6.8), NBC (4.5), ABC (2.7), The WB (1.5) and UPN (1.1).