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CBS rolls on Thursday

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

Even with “CSI” in repeat, CBS dominated the primetime ratings race on Thursday, winning every half-hour among young adults, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

“CSI” (7.8 rating/20 share in adults 18-49, 23.8 million viewers overall) easily remained the night’s No. 1 show, towering over NBC’s “The Apprentice 4” (4.9/12 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) and nearly four times the demo rating of competing drama “Nightstalker” on ABC (2/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), which was at least up week-to-week.

CBS also ruled at 10, with an original “Without a Trace” (6.7/18 in 18-49, 21.3 million viewers overall) topping a repeat of NBC’s “ER” (4.2/11 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) and ABC’s “Primetime Live” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall).

And at 8, “Survivor: Guatemala” (6.1/17 in 18-49, 17.3 million viewers overall) easily beat competish that included repeat comedies “Joey” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) and “Will & Grace” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) on NBC and an original episode of ABC drama “Alias” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall).

Fox kept the lights on with a repeat of theatrical “Maid in Manhattan” (2/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), while the WB’s “Smallville” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and UPN’s “Everybody Hates Chris” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) again performed well in the night’s opening hour.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 6.9/18; NBC, 3.9/10; ABC, 2.1/6; Fox, 2/5; WB, 2/5; UPN, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 20.8 million; NBC, 8.6 million; ABC, 5.7 million; WB, 4.8 million; Fox, 4.8 million; UPN, 3.4 million.

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