Net takes night with 'Survivor,' 'CSI' combo

CBS has made it 4-for-4 on Thursdays in the November sweep, winning the night this week behind its veteran combo of “Survivor” and “CSI.” ABC was a close second on the strength of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which had its best scores of the month.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS opened the night a winner as usual with “Survivor” (4.0 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall), which won its hour by 4 shares in adults 18-49 over ABC and NBC. “CSI” followed with average scores (4.9/12 in 18-49, 18.4 million viewers overall), placing second for the hour in 18-49 and first in total viewers. Rookie drama “Eleventh Hour” finished things up for CBS with a second-place finish (2.8/8 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall), down a bit week to week.

At ABC, “Ugly Betty” ran second in most categories at 8 o’clock (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall), followed by “Grey’s Anatomy” (6.1/15 in 18-49, 15.7 million viewers overall), which was the night’s top show among young adults and had its best night since its season premiere in September. “Grey’s” continues to have to work extra hard as neither its lead-in “Betty” nor its lead-out “Life on Mars” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) is especially strong.

NBC was on par from 8 to 10 p.m. with comedies “My Name Is Earl” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), “Kath & Kim” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), “The Office” (4.3/10 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) and “30 Rock” (3.5/8 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall), with the latter continuing to outperform its averages of a year ago. Closing out the night, “ER” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) prevailed easily among young adults, besting its drama competition on ABC and CBS for a seventh straight week.

Fox was again a non-factor on the night with a pair of “Kitchen Nightmares” episodes, an 8 o’clock original (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) and a 9 o’clock repeat (1.8/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall).

CW dramas “Smallville” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) were both on the high side and figure to come down in the nationals since their preliminary scores include a preemption for Steelers football in Pittsburgh.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.9/10; ABC, 3.7/10; NBC, 3.3/9; Fox, 1.9/5; CW, 1.8/5; CW, 1.5/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.9 million; ABC, 10.7 million; NBC, 7.7 million; Fox, 4.5 million; CW, 4.4 million; Univision, 4.0 million.

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