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‘CSI,’ ‘Trace’ power CBS

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS rolled to a primetime ratings victory Thursday night behind the crime drama combo of “CSI” and “Without a Trace,” while ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” grew in its third week.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “CSI” (9.0 rating/22 share in adults 18-49, 26.9 million viewers overall) was the night’s top show despite being on the low end of its firstrun ratings range, and “Without a Trace” hit a season high at 10 (7.3/19 in 18-49, 22.8 million viewers overall) opposite a repeat “ER” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall).

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (5.2/13 in 18-49, 18.8 million viewers overall) put up the best numbers in its three weeks on the air, and 9:30 comedy “Crumbs” slipped some from its week-ago premiere (3.4/8 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall).

NBC’s “Will & Grace” hit a firstrun low at 8 (3.1/9 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall), which led into the lowest scores in three tries for “Four Kings” at 8:30 (3.5/9 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall); still, “Kings” again built on its lead-in. And from 9 to 10, the combo of “My Name is Earl” (5.3/13 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) and “The Office” (4.5/11 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) combined for a second-place demo finish behind “CSI.”

At Fox, “That ’70s Show” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and “The OC” (2.6/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) were both up slightly from their soft timeslot debuts of a week earlier.

The WB’s “Beauty and the Geek” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) was down from its strong premiere but still looked pretty good at 9.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 7.0/18; ABC, 3.9/10; NBC, 3.8/10; Fox, 2.6/7; WB, 2.0/5; UPN, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 21.6 million; ABC, 13.6 million; NBC, 8.2 million; Fox, 5.4 million; WB, 4.4 million; UPN, 2.4 million.

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