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CBS is off to a tame start with new unscripted skeins “Wickedly Perfect” and “The Will,” neither of which wowed auds in their preems last week.

Thursday’s “Wickedly Perfect,” an elimination-style contest to find the next domestic diva, settled for a third-place 2.9 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 in the 8 o’clock hour and a second-place 9.36 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen.

“Wickedly,” on the Eye’s Thursday sked until “Survivor” returns in a few weeks, delivered less than half of what “Survivor: Vanuatu” averaged in the hour last fall. Not surprisingly, it skewed roughly two-thirds female.

In demos, “Wickedly” lagged behind both NBC’s combo of “Joey” (5.2/14 in 18-49, 12.51m) and a special episode of “Committed” (5.0/13, 11.65m) as well as Fox’s “The OC” (3.3/9, 7.65m) — with both the NBC and Fox entries looking a bit stronger without “Survivor” competish.

“Joey” numbers matched the best since mid-October, while “Committed” performed well at 8:30, topping its preem numbers in its regular Tuesday slot last week. And “The OC” led its hour in persons 12-34 (4.2/13).

Auds eye ‘CSI’

Also of note Thursday was a series high for CBS drama “Without a Trace” (7.7/20 in 18-49, 23.76m), which retained 79% of its demo lead-in from “CSI” (9.7/24, 28.86m) and easily beat a repeat of NBC’s new Monday drama “Medium” (4.2/11, 9.29m). “CSI” was Thursday’s No. 1 program as CBS won the night with ease.

At ABC, “Life as We Know It” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.15m) and “Extreme Makeover” (1.9/5, 5.94m) performed similarly to prior levels despite switching slots. But the higher rating in the 9 o’clock hour did seem to boost “Primetime,” which hit a season high at 10 (2.8/7 in 18-49, 8.72m).

Meanwhile on Saturday, CBS skein “The Will” (prelim fourth-place 1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million) opened weakly with its 90-minute premiere opposite an NFL playoff game on ABC that obliterated the competish.

In prelim affiliate-based nationals that are a bit sketchy due to the live nature of the game, the New York Jets-San Diego Chargers matchup pulled in a 24 share in adults 18-49 and more than 22 million viewers overall.