Original programs thrust CBS to Thurs. win
EmptyCBS returned to an all-original lineup Thursday night and was rewarded by winning every hour in primetime.
With CBS procedural dramas back in place for two-thirds of the night, the network readily dominated competitors (averaging 16.2 million viewers, 4.6 preliminary rating and a 13 share) despite a couple programs posting lower-than-typical returns.
"Survivor" kicked things off for CBS and dominated 8 p.m., despite airing its lowest-rated non-holiday episode to date (12.8 million, 3.9/11). "CSI" came back down 8% from its prestrike average (20.4 million, 5.8/15). "Without a Trace" was on par with its earlier originals this season (15.4 million, 4.1/11).
Fox was second, with two hours of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" (10 million, 2.9/8).
In third, NBC's "My Name Is Earl" returned with for an hourlong outing that was only down slightly from its prestrike average (7.5 million 3.1/9). Two hours of "Office" repeats followed.
In fourth place, ABC wrapped up "Miss/Guided" with back-to-back episodes that marked the show's two lowest-rated episodes to date (4.6 million, 1.6/5). Up against an original "Trace," "Eli Stone" hit a season low (5.2 million, 1.6/4).
The CW aired "Smallville" repeats (2.1 million, 0.8/2).