CBS rules Wed. with 'CSI,' reruns


NEW YORK -- Despite a slight uptick from NBC's new game show "Identity," CBS ruled Wednesday night with a lineup of almost all repeats.

Most everything in broadcast prime was reruns, with the exception of CBS's "King of Queens," NBC's "Identity" and "Dateline," and ABC's "Primetime." But none of the originals came close to a repeat "CSI: NY," which was the night's top show in viewership and adults 18-49 according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.

"King of Queens" (8.3 million, 2.8/9) got the night started for CBS, which tied it with the first half hour of NBC's game show before "Identity" (8.8 million, 3.0/9) proved to be too much for a repeat of "How I Met Your Mother" (6.3 million, 2.1/6). "King of Queens" was down for the third straight week in the demo from its 3.2 premiere while "Identity" was up slightly from Tuesday night's 2.9/8 but still well below Monday's premiere.

The 9 p.m. hour went to a repeat "Criminal Minds" (10.4 million, 2.9/8) in viewership although it was tied with "Dateline" (8.8 million, 2.9/8) in the demo. The CW averaged 1.8 million viewers and a 0.7/2 for the United Kingdom version of "Top Model."

There wasn't any competition at 10 p.m., with "CSI: NY" (12 million, 3.7/11) romping over ABC's limited series of "Primetime: Basic Instinct" (4.7 million, 1.8/5) and NBC's repeat "Medium" (6.2 million, 2.2/6).

Nightly averages: ABC (4.9 million, 1.8/5); CBS (9.9 million, 3.0/9); NBC (7.9 million, 2.7/8); Fox (6.7 million, 2.3/7); and The CW (1.8 million, 0.7/2).