‘ER’ charts NBC win Thursday; ‘CSI’ hot

Peacock leads key night in demos, battles Eye for total viewers

One week from their finales, Thursday’s big drama guns — NBC’s “ER” and CBS’ “CSI” — put up some more impressive sweep scores.

The Peacock easily led the key night in demos while battling the Eye to a draw in total viewers. NBC’s “Friends” and “Will & Grace” also sparkled, and the Eye’s “Survivor: Amazon” stepped it up.

Movies, meanwhile, were hot at the start of the weekend. Fox scored a rare Friday victory in young adults behind “The Matrix,” and ABC was surprisingly even stronger Saturday with a repeat of “The Green Mile.” CBS also drew one of its largest Friday auds of the season with a new “Murder, She Wrote” pic starring Angela Lansbury.

On Thursday, the 200th episode of “ER” was the evening’s top-rated program in 18-49 (10.4/27, 21.9 million viewers overall) for a second straight week. Perf was the medical drama’s second best since January and good enough to top the combined 18-49 scores of CBS’ “Without a Trace” (4.7/12) and ABC’s “Primetime” (3.3/8).

“CSI” was again the night’s most-watched program overall (25.1m) and comfortably led its hour in adults 25-54 (10.9/24).

For the season with one week to go, “ER” and “CSI” are tied as the highest-rated scripted hours among adults 18-49 (9.6 rating).

Other top 18-49 scores on Thursday came from “Friends” (9.4/27 in A18-49), a “Friends” repeat (9.3/24), “Will & Grace” (8.8/21) and “Survivor” (7.0/21).

ABC did better than usual with its two-hour “Primetime” on the scandal involving the U.K. version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (3.1/8 in A18-49, 8.5m).

On Friday, a repeat of “The Matrix” (prelim 3.2/11 in A18-49, 7.2 million) grew with each half-hour to give Fox the night in 18-49. Movie peaked at 10 with a 4.7/14, handing NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” a rare setback for the half-hour.

“SVU” (4.4/14 in A18-49, 12.9 million) still led its full hour but with a firstrun season low. Skein seemed to be affected by both “Matrix” and “Murder, She Wrote” (1.8/5 in A18-49, 10.6 million), the latter of which helped CBS win the night in total viewers.

Season finale of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” led its 8-10 p.m. block in women 18-49 (4.0/12) and total viewers (9.4 million) and finished in a virtual with Fox’s movie in adults 18-49 (3.1/11).

For the night, ABC’s 3.0/10 in adults 18-49 was right behind Fox (3.2/11) and ABC (3.0/10).

The Alphabet also did well Saturday, dominating the night in 18-49 (3.5/12) and other demos with “The Green Mile” (8.8m). Movie beat its combined CBS-NBC competish in the 10:30 half-hour and gave the net its third straight Saturday demo victory for the sweep.

At CBS, “The District” (2.2/7 in A18-49, 11 million) was up nicely week-to-week with an episode that paid tribute to the skein’s late star, Lynne Thigpen.

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