TV Ratings: CBS Tops Black Friday With Holiday Specials, 'Blue Bloods'

Overall viewership is down for Thanksgiving weekend, with ABC pulling a close second and NBC trailing in third.
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CBS continues its Friday night reign, though numbers slumped overall on Thanksgiving weekend.

The network averaged a 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic with 5.3 million viewers. Kicking off the night with two new holiday specials -- Hoops and Yoyo Ruin Christmas and The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story -- the network drew 4 million viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. Repeats of CSI: NY (5.5 million, 0.9) and Blue Bloods (6.5 million, 1.0) pulled the most viewers.

ABC trailed in second place, with Shrek the Third and a new episode of 20/20 earning the network a nightly average of 4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating. NBC averaged 4 million and a 1.0 rating with Nicolas Cage's National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

Fox aired Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man (4 million, 1.2) while the CW opted for Christmas specials Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (1.8 million, 0.5) and Olive, The Other Reindeer (1.2 million, 0.3) in Nikita's regular timeslot.
 

8 p.m.
CBS: Hoops and Yoyo Ruin Christmas/The Elf on the Shelf (4 million, 0.9)
ABC: Shrek the Third (4.1 million, 1.1)
NBC: National Treasure: Book of Secrets (4 million, 0.8)
Fox: Iron Man (3.7 million, 1.1)
The CW: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (1.7 million, 0.5)

9 p.m.
CBS: CSI: NY (5.5 million, 0.9)
ABC: Shrek the Third (4.6 million, 1.2)
NBC: National Treasure: Book of Secrets (4 million, 1.0)
Fox: Iron Man (4.2 million, 1.4)
The CW: Olive, The Other Reindeer (1.2 million, 0.3)

10 p.m.
CBS: Blue Bloods (6.5 million, 1.0)
ABC: 20/20 (5 million, 1.1)
NBC: National Treasure: Book of Secrets (3.9 million, 1.1)

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