Weekly wins as far as Eye can see


NEW YORK -- Four hours of "Survivor: China" and a new "CSI" spelled a double-barreled win in the ratings last week for CBS.

The Eye won four of the primetime nights last week in the adults 18-49 demographic (including a tie with NBC), while NBC won Tuesday outright and Fox took Saturday and Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research data released Tuesday.

The week began with a victory by CBS, with only two of its programs in originals and ABC's powerhouse "Dancing With the Stars" out of the picture. NBC made a charge with "Deal or No Deal" (12.6 million, 3.3/8) but couldn't outpace CBS' strength, headlined by "CSI: Miami" (14.1 million, 3.9/10). Vastly weakened was ABC's "Samantha Who?" (6.7 million, 2.8/6), which was down from its highs when "Dancing" was on.

NBC came back Tuesday thanks to another shot of "Deal" (11.3 million, 3.0/9) plus "The Biggest Loser" (9.8 million, 3.6/9). Wednesday was tied between CBS and NBC, with "Criminal Minds" (14.2 million, 3.6/10) and "CSI: NY" (14.4 million, 4.1/11) headlining CBS and a two-hour "Deal" (13.2 million, 3.6/10) boosting NBC.

Thursday wasn't even close, with "CSI" (20 million, 6.1/16) romping against a repeat "Grey's Anatomy" (7.2 million, 2.6/7) and "Survivor: China" (14.5 million, 4.6/13) and "Without a Trace" (15.1 million, 4.0/12) winning at 8 p.m and 10 p.m., respectively.

CBS won again Friday led by "Ghost Whisperer" (9.8 million, 2.6/9), "Moonlight" (7.6 million, 2.1/6) and "Numbers" (9.7 million, 2.5/8) winning their time periods in viewership and adults 18-49. Saturday went to Fox with its crime block, as did Sunday, thanks to a huge half-hour boost from an NFL overrun that helped the rest of the schedule, including a new episode of "The Simpsons" (10.1 million, 4.8/12).

That gave Fox a leg up even with the season finale of "Survivor" (15.2 million, 5.2/13) and NBC's "Sunday Night Football" (14.6 million, 5.3/13), which were the night's top programs in viewership and adults 18-49.

Fledgling MyNetworkTV put in a record-breaking week, with its highest weekly average (1.6 million) ever as well as a Monday record with the holiday movie "White Christmas" and Friday's "World Magic Awards."

Among the network newscasts, "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" won the week in viewers (9.3 million) and the adults 25-54 demographic (2.2/8) ahead of ABC's "World News With Charles Gibson" (8.9 million, 2.1/8) and the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" (6.8 million, 1.8/7).

For the week, CBS (11.1 million, 3.2/9) beat ABC (6.3 million, 2.0/5), NBC (8.6 million, 2.8/8), Fox (7.4 million, 2.8/7) and the CW (2.8 million, 1.1/3).