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ABC Claims Opening Night of Sweeps

Nov 3, 2006  •  Post A Comment

ABC has earned its first victory on an opening night of a November sweeps in at least 15 years. The network won Thursday night’s ratings race among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research. It’s the first time that has happened since Nielsen Media Research started its database in 1991.

The win came on a night in which many networks, including ABC, strained under the weight of the collective competition. ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.0) and “Six Degrees” (3.2) posted their lowest ratings of the season, while “Ugly Betty” was on par (4.4).

CBS was second, even though “CSI” matched its lowest original-episode rating of the season (6.9) and “Shark” posted its lowest rating to date (3.7). “Survivor” was about even with a 5.5.

Third-place NBC bucked the downward trend with “Deal or No Deal” enjoying its highest Thursday rating of the season (4.6), while “ER” (5.6), “My Name Is Earl” (4.1) and “The Office” (4.2) were about par.

The CW took fourth place from Fox thanks to “Smallville” (2.1) drawing its largest audience since its season premiere while “Supernatural” pulled a 1.4. The CW was aided by a disappointing season debut for Fox’s “The OC” (1.5), with “Til Death” (1.7) and “Happy Hour” (1.4) struggling as well.