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Eye lashes Thursday rivals

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

CBS cruised to another Thursday victory in key young-adult demos this week, with “Survivor,” “CSI” and “Without a Trace” each winning their hours, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

At 8, “Survivor: Guatemala” (6.4 rating/18 share in adults 18-49, 17.6 million viewers overall) was up slightly vs. last week, easily winning the hour over NBC’s second-place comedies “Joey” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “Will & Grace” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall).

ABC’s “Alias” continues to do little in the hour (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7 million viewers overall), falling behind the WB’s “Smallville” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) in key demos. UPN’s “Everybody Hates Chris” was back on the upswing (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), posting the best scores since its premiere and pulling within 1 share of “Joey” in 18-49.

At 9, “CSI” (9.6/24 in 18-49, 27.4 million viewers overall) remained Thursday’s No. 1 show, more than doubling NBC’s second-place “The Apprentice 4” (4.6/12 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall), which tumbled 40% behind its score on the fourth Thursday of last season. ABC’s “Nightstalker” ran fourth (2/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) but was up slightly over last year’s “Life as We Know It.”

“Without a Trace” (6.7/18 in 18-49, 20.6 million viewers overall) was up a little vs. last year, winning the hour in 18-49 for a second straight week over NBC’s “ER” (6.1/16 in 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall), which fell 26% behind last year’s delivery. ABC’s “Primetime” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) continues to have big problems, finishing fourth (behind the dramas as well as baseball on Fox).

Reliable preliminary nationals weren’t available for Fox’s coverage of the National League Championship Series game between the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals, but the contest earned an 8 household rating/12 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, a 10% rise over last year’s comparable game between the two teams.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 7.6/20; NBC, 4.6/12; Fox, 2.7/7; WB, 2.1/5; ABC, 2/5; UPN, 1.8/5.

In total viewers: CBS, 21.8 million; NBC, 10.5 million; Fox, 8.7 million; ABC, 5.6 million; WB, 5 million; UPN, 4.2 million.

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