CBS edges ABC; all down from premieres

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NEW YORK -- CBS edged ABC in the adults 18-49 demographic although none of the three 9 p.m. rivals were up compared to last week's premieres, Nielsen Media Research said Friday.

"CSI" (20.8 million, 6.3/16) was down from last week's premiere (25.2 million, 8.2/19). "Grey's Anatomy" (18.1 million, 7.4/18) was dominant in adults 18-49 but down from last week's 20.9 million, 8.8/21. It was the lowest for "Grey's Anatomy" since Jan. 8, 2006. Another hourlong episode of "The Office" (8.5 million, 4.5/11) was down from last week's surprise performance (9.6 million, 5.1/12).

As expected, Fox's "Don't Forget The Lyrics" (5.8 million, 1.8/4) and the premiere of The CW's "Supernatural" (3 million, 1.8/5) came in behind The Big Three.

All of the 10 p.m. dramas declined as well, although "Without a Trace" (14.5 million, 3.8/11) came in a nose ahead of ABC's "Big Shots" (8.7 million, 3.7/10) and NBC's "ER" (9 million, 3.7/10). Last week, "Big Shots" premiered with 11.1 million viewers and a 4.5/12 in adults 18-49. It was still the lowest "Without a Trace" rating ever on a Thursday.

CBS's "Survivor" (14.1 million, 4.4/13) won at 8 p.m. against "Ugly Betty" (9.8 million, 3.4/10), which was down 13% from last week's premiere and is down compared to last year. NBC's "30 Rock" (7.4 million, 3.4/9), with guest star Jerry Seinfeld, hit a record in adults 18-49. "My Name Is Earl" (8 million, 3.4/10) was down 11% compared to a week ago.

CBS (16.5 million, 4.9/13) led the night in both measures compared to ABC (12.2 million, 4.8/13); NBC (8.4 million, 3.8/10); Fox (7.1 million, 2.1/5); and The CW (3.8 million, 1.5/4).
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