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CBS cruises on Thursday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS won every half-hour of primetime on Thursday, powered by dominant victories by “CSI” and “Survivor” and some of the best numbers to date for “Without a Trace,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. In total viewers and adults 25-54, the Eye topped the combined ABC-NBC-Fox deliveries for the night.

In Thursday’s opening hour, “Survivor: Palau” (8.1/22 in adults 18-49, 22.1 million viewers overall) more than doubled both Fox’s “The OC” (3.5/9 in adults 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) and NBC’s repeat comedies “Joey” (3.6/10 in adults 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) and “Will & Grace” (3.8/10 in adults 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall).

“CSI” then dominated at 9 (10.4/25 in adults 18-49, 29.5 million viewers overall) over NBC’s “The Apprentice 3” (6.7/16 in adults 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall). “CSI” won the hour by 9 shares in 18-49 compared with 1 share on the same week a year ago, when NBC’s comedies provided a much stronger lead-in for the then-red hot Donald Trump skein.

And at 10, third-year drama “Without a Trace” (7.6/20 in adults 18-49, 23.4 million viewers overall) posted its second best ratings yet, topping the second preview episode of NBC’s “The Contender” (4.8/13 in adults 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall). “Contender” was up from its Monday numbers and again led its hour in men 18-34; show moves to its regular slot this Sunday at 8.

ABC was not a factor on the night, receiving more puny numbers from a two-hour “Extreme Makeover” (1.6/4 in adults 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and distant third-place scores at 10 for “Primetime” (2.2/6 in adults 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall).

Preliminary adults 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 8.7/23; NBC, 5.1/13; Fox, 2.6/7; ABC, 1.8/5; UPN, 1.8/5; WB, 0.6/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 25 million; NBC, 10.7 million; ABC, 5.9 million; Fox, 5.8 million; UPN, 5 million; WB, 1.3 million.

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