Net outperforms Fox in ratings race

Led by new episodes of “Survivor” and “CSI,” CBS outperformed Fox to win the Thursday primetime ratings race.

ABC fell into a last-place tie for the night among viewers 18-49 with the CW, which saw “The Vampire Diaries” edge the Alphabet net’s “FlashForward” and the 100th episode of “Supernatural” nearly catch a repeat of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS won the first two hours of primetime in the demo and total audience with “Survivor” (3.7 rating/12 share in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall), “CSI” (3.0/9, 13.0 million) and a rerun of “The Mentalist” (2.4/7, 11.5 million).

Fox finished second at 8 p.m. with “Bones” (2.8/9, 9.7 million), then dropped to third at 9 with “Fringe” (2.4/7, 6.7 million) against the first hour of the two-hour NBC special “Saturday Night Live in the 2000s” (2.9/7, 6.7 million).

Ratings for the “SNL” special improved at 10 p.m. against reruns of CBS’ “The Mentalist” (2.4/7, 11.5 million) and ABC’s “Private Practice” (1.2/3, 3.7 million), the latter the night’s lowest-rated show in the demo.

For the CW, “Vampire Diaries” (1.5/5, 3.0 million) not only beat “FlashForward” (1.4/5, 5.0 million) in 18-49, the show topped “FlashForward” and NBC’s back-to-back reruns of “The Office” (1.5/5, 3.8 million) among adults 18-34, as well as several youth and female demos.

“Supernatural” (1.2/4, 2.4 million) fell short, however, in its bid to surpass “Grey’s” (1.4/4, 4.7 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 3.1/9, Fox 2.6/8, NBC 2.4/7, Univision 1.4/4, ABC 1.3/4, CW 1.3/4.

In total viewers: CBS 12.2 million, Fox 8.2 million, NBC 5.7 million, ABC 4.5 million, Univision 3.4 million, CW 2.7 million.

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