'CSI' Gives CBS a Big Thursday Win
(Friday, October 07 08:34 AM)
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Fast National ratings for Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005
Another dominant win by "CSI" in its time period and the usual strong performances by its companions added up to a big ratings victory for CBS Thursday.
CBS averaged a 14.0 rating/22 share in primetime, nearly double that of second-place NBC, 7.1/11 (CBS did, in fact, lap NBC in total viewers, 22.46 million to 10.55 million). FOX took third at 4.9/8 (its numbers reflect time period only due to live baseball), and ABC was fourth at 4.5/7. The WB scored a 3.1/5 to finish fifth, topping UPN's 2.4/4.
Among adults 18-49, CBS' 7.5 rating led the way by a sizable margin, and NBC took second at 4.7. FOX, 2.4, was third, and ABC and The WB tied for fourth at 2.2. UPN trailed with a 1.4.
"Survivor: Guatemala," 10.7/17, put CBS on top at 8 p.m., easily beating the combination of "Joey," 5.0/8, and "Will & Grace," 5.9/9, on NBC. "Alias," 5.0/8, finished third for ABC, beating FOX's coverage of the National League playoffs. "Smallville" was fifth for The WB, beating "Everybody Hates Chris" (3.6/6) and "Love, Inc." (2.2/3) on UPN.
At 9 p.m., "CSI" destroyed its competition, drawing the night's biggest audience by far with a 17.3/26. NBC was a distant second with "The Apprentice," 6.5/10. FOX moved up to third with its baseball coverage, 5.3/8, dropping ABC's "Night Stalker" to fourth. "Everwood" averaged 2.6/4 to keep The WB in fifth. UPN went with "Eve" and "Cuts."
"Without a Trace" completed the CBS sweep with a 13.8/22 at 10 p.m. "ER" posted a 9.2/15 for NBC, beating FOX's playoff game, 5.0/8, and ABC's "Primetime," 4.4/7.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.