NBC gets narrow victory thanks to 'Deal'


NEW YORK -- NBC narrowly won Wednesday night's primetime, with the Peacock narrowly edging CBS and ABC.

The difference was 8 p.m.'s "Deal or No Deal" (13.3 million, 3.6 rating/10 share in adults 18-49), which won the hour for NBC against weaker competition, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. The top show for the night was CBS' "Criminal Minds" (14.6 million, 3.9/10), which at 9 p.m. beat out ABC's "Supernanny" (8.9 million, 3.6/9) and NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (9.6 million, 2.5/6).

CBS' "CSI: NY" (11.6 million, 3.5/9) won the battle of original dramas at 10 p.m. over NBC' s "Law & Order" (11 million, 3.1/9) and ABC's "Cashmere Mafia" (6.2 million, 2.3/6).

Fox and the CW weren't factors in the night.

NBC (11.3 million, 3.1/8) won in viewership and adults 18-49 against ABC (7.6 million, 3.0/8); CBS (10.8 million, 3.0/8); Fox (4 million, 1.4/4); and the CW (2.1 million, 0.9/2).