NBC wins interrupted Thursday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC has won the second Thursday of the May sweep in all key demo categories, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, although President Bush’s address to the nation rendered unreliable scores for the evening’s shows in the final two hours. CBS will likely win in total viewers.

Bush’s speech aired from 9 to 9:30 p.m. in most of the country and pushed back the start of NBC’s “Will & Grace” and CBS’ “CSI,” among others. All shows aired in pattern in the West.

NBC’s hour of “Friends” (an original and a repeat) led from 8 to 9 in adults 18-49 (8.0/24) and total viewers (17.7 million viewers overall), although this represented some of the lowest firstrun scores of the year for the laffer. CBS’ “Survivor” (6.2/18 in adults 18-49, 17.3 million viewers overall) was a strong second but was also on the low range with its scores.

CBS drama “CSI” aired from roughly 9:30 to 10:30 in most of the country and averaged roughly an 8.0/20 in adults 18-49, while “ER,” which started at roughly 10:20, appears to have netted about a 9.1/24 in the demo.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 8.3/23; CBS, 6.6/18; ABC, 2.2/6; Fox, 1.8/5.

In total viewers: CBS led with 18.3 million.

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