CBS beats repeats as 'Survivor' rules night


NEW YORK -- CBS won a repeat-laden Thursday primetime, with "Survivor: China" rising to the top in viewership and the adults 18-49 demo.

Both 9 p.m. heavyweights "Grey's Anatomy" and "CSI" were in repeats, as was NBC's "The Office." So it was "Survivor: China" (13.8 million, 4.5 rating/12 share in adults 18-49) that was the most-watched program of the night, according to preliminary data released Friday by Nielsen Media Research.

CBS won 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., thanks to a repeat "CSI" (12.3 million, 3.4/8) while NBC's "ER" (8.6 million, 3.4/9) split 10 p.m. with a repeat "Without a Trace" (9.9 million, 2.5/7) over ABC's "Big Shots" (6 million, 2.4/6).

Fox did well in counter-programming with an hour of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (9 million, 2.4/6) and an hour of "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (8.6 million, 2.8/7). NBC came in second place at 8 p.m. with "My Name Is Earl" (6.6 million, 2.6/7) and "30 Rock" (5.8 million, 2.5/6), while "Scrubs" (5.9 million, 3.1/7) improved on a repeat "The Office" (6 million, 3.0/7).

CBS (12 million, 3.5/9) prevailed in primetime against ABC (7.1 million, 2.5.6); NBC (6.9 million, 3.0/8); Fox (8.8 million, 2.6/7); and the CW (2.3 million, 0.9/2).