Grammys lift CBS to viewer win for week


NEW YORK -- It was another strong week for Fox in the adults 18-49 demographic, but it was CBS that ran away with the win in viewership with a boost from Sunday's Grammys.

All the usual suspects put up big numbers, with Tuesday's "American Idol" again becoming the highest-rated and most-watched show of the week. Tuesday's "Idol" averaged 33.4 million viewers and a overarching 13.5 rating/33 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. The runner-up was no surprise: Wednesday's "Idol" (27.9 million, 12.0/27).

But it was far from a solo act at 9 p.m. Wednesday, even though ABC decided to move "Lost" to 10 p.m. to avoid a beating at the hands of "Idol." CBS' "Criminal Minds" (16.3 million, 4.7/11) managed to put up a good number against "Idol." ABC's "Lost," on the other hand, averaged 14.5 million viewers and a 6.4/16 in the demo with its move to 10 p.m., easily dispatching "CSI: NY" (15 million, 4.5/11) in the demo.

Not that Fox's "House" (24.9 million, 10.2/24) was any slouch at 9 p.m. Tuesday: It was up in high double-digits compared with last year.

Also having good weeks were ABC's "Ugly Betty" (14.3 million, 4.7/12) and "Grey's Anatomy" (25.2 million, 10.9/25), which reached the highest ratings the shows have had since their September premieres. And that was against the premiere of "Survivor: Fiji" (16.4 million, 5.7/15) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (22.5 million, 6.9/16).

Last Monday, CBS still had the Super Bowl halo with a strong performance by its lineup including "Two and a Half Men" (17.7 million, 5.8/13), the premiere of the heavily promoted sitcom "Rules of Engagement" (14.8 million, 5.2/12) and "CSI: Miami" (18.4 million, 5.8/15).

Friday was all CBS, with "Ghost Whisperer" (11.2 million, 3.5/11) as the highest-rated show of the night. Saturday went to Fox with its "Budweiser Shoot-Out" (8.4 million, 3.3/10), which outperformed CBS' Pro Bowl (7 million, 2.3./8).

Sunday featured the Grammys highest numbers since 2004 with 20.1 million viewers and an 8.3/20 as it moved from Wednesday (and "Idol") back to Sunday night where it came out ahead of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (18.1 million, 7.0/15) and "Brothers & Sisters" (11 million, 4.4/10) as well as the sinking "Grease: You're The One That I Want" (6.5 million, 2.0/5) and "The Apprentice" (6.4 million, 2.4/5).

Weekly averages: CBS (14 million, 4.5/12); Fox (11.8 million, 4.9/12); ABC (10.1 million, 3.8/10); NBC (8.8 million, 3.0/8); and the CW (3.4 million, 1.3/3).