CBS conquers Thurs. with all repeats


NEW YORK -- CBS won in both key audience measures in an all-repeat primetime lineup Thursday.

    There wasn't much to trumpet this holiday between Christmas and New Year's with viewers having seen all of the shows before. "CSI" (13.8 million, 3.9 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 was the night's most-watched program and its highest-rated in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research.

    But while CBS was far ahead in viewers, it was only a tenth of a point ahead of second-place Fox, whose telecast of the film "Sweet Home Alabama" (7.2 million, 2.8/6) did well considering.

    NBC won in the demo at 8 p.m. with "My Name Is Earl" (7 million, 2.7/8) and "The Office" (5.7 million, 2.6/7) against CBS' "Criminal Minds" (9.9 million, 2.3/7) and ABC's "Ugly Betty" (6.7 million, 2.1/6).

    But NBC couldn't compete at 9 p.m. against "CSI" and "Grey's Anatomy" (7.9 million, 2.9/8) with "Scrubs" (4.4 million, 2.0/5) and "30 Rock" (3.8 million, 1.7/4).

    And CBS took 10 p.m. with "Shark" (9.8 million, 2.5/7) against "Men in Trees" (6.5 million, 2.2/6) and "ER" (4.4 million, 1.8/5).

    Nightly averages: ABC (7.1 million, 2.4/7); CBS (11.2 million, 2.9/8); NBC (5 million, 2.1/6); Fox (7.2 million, 2.8/9); and The CW (2.5 million, 1.0/3).