CBS prevails in quiet Wednesday primetime


CBS won a quiet night of primetime, with the reality competitions "Clash of the Choirs" and "Duel" failing to make much of an impact but not losing much from their performances Monday and Tuesday.

"Clash" (8.3 million, 2.4/7) remained steady in adults 18-49 all week while recording its highest viewership so far, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. It also out-dueled "Duel" (7.4 million, 2.2/7) when it went up against the ABC game show between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. But "Clash" met its match in a repeat "Criminal Minds" (11.6 million, 2.9/8).

The 10 p.m. hour went to a repeat "CSI: NY" (11.2 million, 2.9/8), which beat ABC's "Ford's Theatre" special (4.9 million, 1.2/3) as well as NBC's "Journeyman" (4.6 million, 1.7/5).

CBS (10 million, 2.7/8) won in both measures against ABC (5.9 million, 1.7/5); NBC (7 million, 2.2/6); Fox (4.7 million, 1.9/5) and the CW (1.8 million, 0.8/2).