‘Apprentice’ tops ‘CSI’ in demo

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC’s hot reality skein “The Apprentice” defeated a firstrun episode of CBS drama “CSI” in adults 18-49 for the first time Thursday, helping the Peacock beat the Eye for the night in the key demo. CBS, solid throughout the night, prevailed in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

In the 9 o’clock hour, “The Apprentice” (9.8/24 in adults 18-49, 20.2 million viewers overall) edged past “CSI” in 18-49 (9.4/23 in adults 18-49, 26.4 million viewers overall) although the Eye crime drama was the night’s No. 1 program in both adults 25-54 (11.6/26) and adults 25-54.

From 8 to 9, CBS’ “Survivor: All Stars” (8.2/23 in adults 18-49, 21.6 million viewers overall) defeated NBC’s combo of a repeat “Friends” (5.5/16 in adults 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall) and an original “Will & Grace” (5.9/16 in adults 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall). And in the night’s final hour, it was “ER” (9.3/25 in adults 18-49, 19.3 million viewers overall) topping CBS’ “Without a Trace” (6.0/16 in adults 18-49, 18.0 million viewers overall), although the gap between the two is closing some.

Fox’s “Tru Calling” (2.1/6 in adults 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) was respectable at 8 but “Wonderfalls” (1.1/3 in adults 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) stumbled badly in its first regular Thursday outing at 9. ABC got decent numbers with repeats of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” at 8 (2.1/6 in adults 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) and the original “Extreme Makeover” at 9 (2.3/6 in adults 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 8.2/22; CBS, 7.8/21; ABC, 2.3/6; UPN, 1.7/4; Fox, 1.6/4; WB, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 22.0 million; NBC, 17.6 million; ABC, 6.6 million; UPN, 4.7 million; Fox, 4.1 million; WB, 2.8 million.

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