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‘CSI’ juggernaut keeps rolling for Eye

Net captures third straight Thursday in Nov. sweeps

CBS continued firing on all cylinders Thursday night, as record ratings for the 100th episode of “CSI” powered another big night for the net.

The Eye captured its third straight Thursday in the November sweep among adults 18-49 (8.7/22) and total viewers (23.9 million) and remains comfortably ahead for the month in both categories, according to Nielsen estimates.

“CSI” matched its best-ever adults 18-49 rating (11.6/28) and racked up its largest aud to date (31.46 million) — besting Game 7 of baseball’s American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees to stand as the season’s most-watched telecast.

Also on the high end for CBS was “Survivor: Vanuatu” (7.6/21 in 18-49, 20.40m), which easily led at 8 with its largest aud of the season.

Runner-up NBC was paced by a strong “ER” (9.0/23 in 18-49, 18.90m), which handily defeated in demos its CBS rival “Without a Trace” (6.8/18, 19.75m). Also for the Peacock, “The Apprentice 2” remains healthy (7.7/18 in 18-49, 15.76m) and laffer “Will & Grace” (5.5/14, 12.02m) again built on its “Joey” lead-in (5.0/14, 11.92m).

Fox’s “The OC” was off a bit in its third outing (3.2/9 in 18-49, 7.42m), slipping to third in 18-34 for the first time (4.5/13) , while UPN’s “WWE Smackdown” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.44m) matched or set several season highs.

Friday’s action saw an uptick at 8 for CBS’ “Joan of Arcadia” (prelim 2.4/8 in 18-49, 9.5m), which won its hour in key categories. CBS, which was boosted by a repeat “CSI: Miami” at 10 (prelim 3.0/9 in 18-49, 10.7m), took the night in total viewers.

Adults 18-49 leader NBC closed out the night with demo victories at 9 with “Third Watch” (prelim 3.1/10 in 18-49, 10.2m) and at 10 with “Medical Investigation” (3.3/10 in 18-49, 9.5m). Latter first-year drama has now won its slot for seven consecutive weeks.

ABC was paced by “Hope & Faith” at 9 (prelim 2.8/9 in 18-49, 7.9m) and Fox again struggled, with its prelim 1.3 rating in 18-49 on the night coming in below the WB (1.4).

On Saturday, Fox had a strong night with its usual lineup, paced by the best scores in more than 18 months for “America’s Most Wanted” (prelim 3.3/10 in 18-49, 8.7m). Also, an hour of “Cops” averaged a dominant 3.3/11 in 18-49, its best since February.

ABC didn’t do much with the preem of baseball pic “The Rookie” (prelim 1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.2m).

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