Friday, December 29, 2006


CBS Perpetrates Thursday Win
Crime-drama repeats rule the night
December 29, 2006
Three solid hours of crime and punishment, all of it the rerun variety, carried CBS to an easy ratings win Thursday night.

CBS averaged a 7.3 rating/12 share in primetime, far and away the best numbers of the night. ABC, 4.8/8, was second in households, although FOX (4.6/8) had more total viewers, 7.23 million to 7.07 million. NBC took fourth with a 3.3/6, and The CW trailed at 1.5/3.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 2.9 rating was enough to hold off FOX, 2.8, for the top spot. ABC finished third at 2.4, followed by NBC, 2.1, and The CW, 1.0.

A "Criminal Minds" repeat, 6.5/11, put CBS in the lead at 8 p.m. ABC's "Ugly Betty" rerun was second for the hour. FOX got a 4.1/7 from the movie "Sweet Home Alabama" to finish third, edging reruns of "My Name Is Earl," 4.4/7, and "The Office," 3.6/6, on NBC (which nonetheless had a few more viewers than FOX). "Smallville" earned a 1.6/3 for The CW.

"CSI," 8.8/14, pulled in the night's biggest audience for CBS at 9 p.m. A "Grey's Anatomy" repeat scored a 5.3/9 for ABC, while FOX's movie improved to 5.2/8 and beat ABC in viewers. Reruns of "Scrubs" and "30 Rock" averaged 2.7/4 for NBC. A "Supernatural" repeat on The CW was fifth.

At 10 p.m., CBS' "Shark" delivered a 6.5/11. A "Men in Trees" repeat averaged 4.5/8 for ABC, and NBC's "ER" came in at 3.3/6.,0,2122378.story?coll=zap-tv-ratings-headlines