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ABC, CBS Score Ratings Victories

Nov 27, 2006  •  Post A Comment

From Wednesday to Saturday, ABC and CBS jockeyed for position in the ratings race, with each network enjoying two nights in first place.

On Wednesday CBS dominated, with “Jericho” leading off with a 2.5 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research, followed by “Criminal Minds” (4.2) and “CSI: NY” (4.2).

ABC, meanwhile, floundered badly, coming in at a rare fourth place due to “Show Me the Money” (2.1), “Day Break” (1.8) and the newly canceled “The Nine” (1.5 and the lowest-rated show for the night among the top four networks). Fox came in second with a movie and NBC was third with “Madonna: The Confessions Tour,” whose pre-broadcast controversy failed to generate much interest (1.8).

On Thanksgiving, ABC took the lead despite “Ugly Betty” (2.8) hitting another series low, leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” to revive the night (7.6). CBS was in second place with “Survivor” (4.3), “CSI” (5.2) and “Shark” (3.1). NBC was third with a two-hour “Deal or No Deal” (3.5) and “E.R.” (5.0), while Fox was fourth with a movie.

Friday was movie night, with three of the top four networks scheduling theatricals. The exception was CBS, which ran “Ghost Whisperer” (3.1), “Close to Home” (2.3) and “Numb3rs” (2.9) and managed to win the night.

On Saturday, ABC returned to the top spot with “Saturday Night Football: Notre Dame at USC” (4.4), followed by Fox with “COPS” (2.4 and 2.8) and “America’s Most Wanted” (2.3). CBS was third with its Crimetime block and NBC was fourth with a two-hour “Dateline” (1.4).