ABC fleet of foot with dual wins for week


NEW YORK -- Powered by continued strength from "Dancing With the Stars" and "Samantha Who?" as well as the Country Music Awards, ABC took home a dual victory in viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic for the week ending Sunday.

ABC kicked off the week with a victory Monday, anchored by "Dancing" (20.1 million viewers, 4.9 rating/12 share in adults 18-49) and "Samantha" (12.9 million, 4.3/10), which remains strong at least while "Dancing" is on the air. CBS was close behind, led by "Two and a Half Men" ( 13.8 million, 4.9/11) and "CSI: Miami" (14.1 million, 43/11) and receiving stronger ratings from "The Big Bang Theory" (9.4 million, 3.7/9), according to Nielsen Media Research.

Tuesday was all about Fox, which continued strong with "House" ( 18.2 million, 7.7/18) and "Bones" (9.5 million, 3.6/9). CBS flexed its own muscles with "NCIS" (18.1 million, 4.0/11), which won at 8 p.m. in viewership and the demo, while NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (11.7 million, 4.3/12) won at 10 p.m. Meanwhile, ABC's "Cavemen" (4.9 million, 1.7/5) continued to fall.

ABC won Wednesday with the Country Music Awards telecast (15.9 million, 5.4/14), which overshadowed everything else in primetime, including CBS' "Kid Nation" (7 million, 2.1/6) and "Criminal Minds" (14.6 million, 3.8/9).

A crossover story line was just the ticket for CBS to prevail over ABC on Thursday night, with "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (21.9 million, 6.4/15) and "Without a Trace" (21.8 million, 6.4/17) leading the way. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" (19.5 million, 8.0/19) was no slouch either, beating "CSI" head-to-head at 9 p.m. CBS won 8 p.m. with "Survivor: China" (14.9 million, 4.8/13).

Friday went to CBS and its dramas, which won all three hours in primetime. "Ghost Whisperer" (9.8 million, 2.9/9) easily dismissed ABC's "Men in Trees" (6 million, 1.5 /5) at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., "Moonlight" (7.9 million, 2.5/7) won in the demo against ABC's "Women's Murder Club" (9.6 million, 2.0/6) and NBC's "Friday Night Lights" (5.6 million, 1.9/6). The Eye's "Numbers" (9.9 million, 2.8/8) closed out the night at 10 p.m. with an easy win against NBC's "Las Vegas" (7 million, 1.8/5) and ABC's "20/20" (6.9 million, 1.8/6). Saturday went to Fox with its reality-crime format.

A monster overrun for the late game on Fox carried the network to a win Sunday, as well as strong performances by "The Simpsons" (10.5 million, 5.1/13) and the second of a two-part "Family Guy" (10.4 million, 5.4/12). NBC came in second with a strong "Sunday Night Football" (17.3 million, 6.8/17), while ABC was third with a lineup that was led by "Desperate Housewives" (18.6 million, 7.2/16).

For the week, ABC (11.9 million, 3.8/10) won both key measures, followed by CBS (11.9 million, 3.3/9), Fox (8.8 million, 3.5/9), NBC (8.2 million, 3.1/8) the CW (2.9 million, 1.2/3) and MyNetworkTV (960,000, 0.4/1).