Three nets share weekly spoils
ABC, NBC tie in demo; CBS earns viewership winABC and NBC again shared the primetime win in the adults 18-49 demographic, while CBS took the viewership victory for the week ending Sunday.
During the week, NBC's "Bionic Woman" showed feet of clay in its second outing, while ABC's "Private Practice" was down but held up pretty well. Meanwhile, Fox's "House," ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and NBC's "Sunday Night Football" dominated primetime in adults 18-49, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.
The week started Monday with another big win for "Dancing With the Stars," which stretched for two hours. But "Heroes" also got the job done for NBC, while the Peacock's "Chuck" and "Journeyman" both fell week-over-week. CBS' "CSI: Miami" won in a walk at 10 p.m., though ABC's "The Bachelor" was up.
The Tuesday premiere of ABC's anticipated "Cavemen" didn't win its time period against the veteran "NCIS" on CBS, but it didn't do too badly, either. Its lead-out, "Carpoolers," maintained its audience in adults 18-49, and ABC increased with its results show for "Dancing," though it was nearly doubled up by Fox's "House." NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" handily beat the established "Boston Legal" on ABC and the newcomer "Cane" on CBS.
It was another strong outing for ABC on Wednesday, with the premiere of the critical fave "Pushing Daisies" far ahead of the freshman series "Kid Nation" on CBS and "Back to You" on Fox. ABC's "Private Practice" was down but still dominant in a three-way race with CBS' established drama "Criminal Minds" and NBC's "Bionic Woman." The latter fell sharply in its second episode from the heights of its premiere. "CSI: NY" won at 10 p.m., though ABC's freshman "Dirty Sexy Money" steadied and NBC's "Life" dropped.
ABC and CBS tied for supremacy on Thursday night, with "Grey's Anatomy" winning at 9 p.m. in the demo, while "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" won in viewership. NBC's "The Office" performed respectably in the tough time period. CBS' "Survivor: China" won decisively at 8 p.m. against a still-falling "Ugly Betty" on ABC as well as NBC's "My Name Is Earl" and Emmy winner "30 Rock," the latter reaching an adults 18-49 record with guest star Jerry Seinfeld. The three drama competitors were bunched up at 10 p.m., with veterans "Without a Trace" on CBS and NBC's "ER" tying and newcomer "Big Shots" on ABC right behind.
CBS won Friday with "Ghost Whisperer," "Numbers" and the new vampire drama "Moonlight" winning their time periods. CBS won Saturday with a college football game — ahead of ABC's games — and NBC won Sunday with the "SNF" matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. CBS was down week-over-week, as was ABC's "Desperate Housewives." The CW's "Life Is Wild," filmed in Africa, couldn't equal in adults 18-49 a repeat of "America's Next Top Model" an hour later.
ABC's "World News With Charles Gibson" reclaimed the top spot among the three network newscasts.
For the week, ABC (10.8 million, 3.6/10) and NBC (9.2 million, 3.6/10) led the way in adults 18-49, with CBS (11.3 million, 3.2/9) winning in viewership; Fox (7 million, 2.7/7) and the CW (2.9 million, 1.2/3) followed.