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‘CSI’ hits all-time high

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

The 100th episode of blockbuster CBS crime drama “CSI” achieved new ratings records for the skein on Thursday, teaming with strong numbers from “Survivor” to give the Eye the night in key demo categories, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

From 9 to 10, “CSI” matched its all-time best 18-49 score (11.6/28) and drew its largest overall aud to date (31.4 million viewers), beating ABC, NBC and Fox combined in demos. The Eye’s “Survivor: Vanuatu” was also on the high end of its range (7.7/21 in adults 18-49, 20.7 million viewers overall), winning the night’s opening hour in 18-49, 25-54 and 18-34.

At NBC, “ER” (9.0/23 in adults 18-49, 18.8 million viewers overall) beat the combined 18-49 deliveries of CBS’ “Without a Trace” (6.7/17 in adults 18-49, 19.5 million viewers overall) and ABC’s “Primetime” (2.2/6 in adults 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall). Peacock’s “The Apprentice 2” (7.8/19 in adults 18-49, 15.8 million viewers overall) remained strong at 9 despite the “CSI” surge, and “Joey” (5.0/14 in adults 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) and “Will & Grace” (5.5/14 in adults 18-49, 12 million viewers overall) were solid runners-up in the night’s opening hour.

For Fox, week three of “The OC” dipped (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), falling behind NBC’s comedies in 18-34 for the first time.

ABC struck out at 9 with its Primetime spec on Bill Clinton (1.4/3 in adults 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), which came in below the average 18-49 score this season for drama “Life as We Know It.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 8.6/22; NBC, 7.3/19; Fox, 2.3/6; ABC, 1.8/5; UPN, 1.7/5; WB, .9/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 23.9 million; NBC, 15.5 million; ABC, 7.1 million; Fox, 5.5 million; UPN, 5.2 million; WB, 2.3 million.

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