CBS has the 'Power' with weekly wins


NEW YORK -- It was a good week for CBS, which not only won primetime in viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic but also had six of the top 10 shows in the demo for the week ending Sunday.

Both "Big Brother" and "Power of 10" reached season-highs last week -- though "Power of 10" fell this week -- and a repeat "Two and a Half Men" was the top program of the week in viewership and adults 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Monday was an overwhelming win for CBS, with "Two and a Half Men" (10.3 million viewer, 3.3 rating/9 share) leading the way and "Rules of Engagement" (7.6 million, 2.7/7) and "CSI: Miami" (9.1 million, 2.8/8) also doing OK. ABC's "Fat March" (4.5 million, 1.7/5) came in a weak second place at 9 p.m., while the only other original, "Dateline NBC" (5.2 million, 1.6/4), came in third against "CSI: Miami" and a repeat of Fox's "Supernanny" (4 million, 1.7/5).

CBS kept its demo winning streak going Tuesday thanks to season highs for "Power" (9.9 million, 2.9/9) and "Brother" ( 8.1 million, 3.2/9). They crushed everything else on the other networks, including ABC's "I-Caught" (4.9 million, 1.6/4) and "Primetime: Crime" (5 million, 1.7/5) as well as a two-hour repeat of "Saturday Night Live: The First Five Years" (5.9 million, 2.1/6) on NBC.

It wasn't any different Wednesday, with CBS winning with a diminished "Power" (8.3 million, 2.1/7) and a repeat of "CSI: NY" (8.9 million, 2.6/7) against NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (6.5 million, 2.6/7) as well as ABC's "NASCAR in Primetime" (3.4 million, 1.3/4).

CBS, the only broadcast network with originals Thursday, took that night as well with a new "Brother" (6.2 million, 2.4/8) and a repeat "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (7.8 million, 2.1/6).

After a repeat-laden Friday night, ABC won Saturday in adults 18-49 with a primetime Tennessee-California college football game that averaged 4.9 million viewers and a 1.8/7 in the demo.

Fox won Sunday night in 18-49 with two episodes of "Family Guy" that averaged 5.2 million viewers and a 2.6/8 in the demo. CBS' original "Brother" (5.7 million, 2.0/7) was beaten at 8:30 p.m. by a repeat of Fox's "The Simpsons" (4.8 million, 2.1/7).

In the evening-news race, "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" won in viewership and the adults 25-54 demographic with 7.8 million viewers and a 1.9/8. ABC's "World News," which had anchor Charles Gibson on vacation, averaged 7.6 million viewers and a 1.8/8. "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" averaged 5.9 million viewers and a 1.4/6 in adults 25-54.

For the week, CBS averaged 6.8 million viewers and a 1.8/6 in the adults 18-49 demo, followed by Fox (4.4 million, 1.6/5), ABC (4.2 million, 1.4/4), NBC (4.2 million, 1.4/4) and the CW (1.8 million, 0.7/2).