CBS wins Wed. with repeats


NEW YORK -- CBS won the holiday-week Wednesday in viewers and adults 18-49 with a menu of repeats and taking every half hour in primetime except for 10:30 p.m., which was won by ABC's "Primetime."

Only "Primetime" was original Wednesday, scoring the highest demo rating so far this limited-series cycle. "Primetime" averaged 7.7 million viewers but a 3.0 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.

That tied "Primetime" with a repeat "CSI: NY" (10.7 million, 3.0/8) as the night's top show (as well as 10 p.m.'s) in adults 18-49.

CBS won with its repeats, including "King of Queens" (7.8 million, 2.5/7) and "Two and a Half Men" (8.3 million, 1.7/5) between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and 9 p.m.'s "Criminal Minds" (10.1 million, 2.8/8). ABC ran repeat "George Lopez Show" episodes between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Fox aired "Bones" repeats and NBC brought up the rear -- far behind -- with repeats of three episodes of "Friday Night Lights."

Nightly averages: ABC (5.9 million, 2.2/6); CBS (9.6 million, 2.8/8); Fox (2.1/6); NBC (3.3 million, 0.9/3) and The CW (1.4 million, 0.7/2).