Big ‘Trace’ lifts Eye

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

CBS, with its typical winning scores from “Survivor” and “CSI” and the first-ever demo victory for “Without a Trace” over “ER,” easily captured the third Thursday of the season in all key ratings categories.

For CBS, “Survivor: Guatemala” (6.2 rating/17 share in adults 18-49, 17.9 million viewers overall), “CSI” (9.4/23 in 18-49, 28 million viewers overall) and “Without a Trace” (7/18 in 18-49, 21.5 million viewers overall) were all up week-to-week and led their hours in 18-49 and dominated in total viewers. “Trace” became the first regularly skedded drama to top an original episode of NBC’s “ER” (6.2/16 in 18-59, 14 million viewers overall) in the 12 seasons the medical skein has been on the air.

Also for NBC, “Joey” continued to lag at 8 (2.9/8 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), and “Will & Grace” built on it 8:30 (3.6/10 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall). “The Apprentice” followed with what could be its lowest rating to date (4.5/11 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall).

ABC dramas “Alias” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) and “Nightstalker” (2.2/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) couldn’t take advantage of Fox resting its dramas for baseball, and both were down week-to-week. At 10, “Primetime” (2/5 in 18-49, 6 million viewers overall) was up slightly.

Prelim ratings are deemed unreliable for Fox’s National League baseball playoff game between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros, but it averaged a 2.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers overall on Fox’s affiliates from 8 to 11 p.m.

UPN’s “Everybody Hates Chris” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) lost a little more of its aud in week three, while the WB’s “Smallville” continues to look good in its new timeslot (2.6/7 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), and “Everwood” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) improved upon its preem perf.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 7.5/19; NBC, 4.7/12; Fox, 2.4/6; ABC, 2.2/6; WB, 2.2/6; UPN, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 22.5 million; NBC, 10.5 million; Fox, 7.2 million; ABC, 6.4 million; WB, 4.9 million; UPN, 3.6 million.

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