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CBS on top with ‘Survivor,’ ‘CSI’

Net outperforms Fox in ratings race

Led by new episodes of “Survivor” and “CSI,” CBS outperformed Fox to win the Thursday primetime ratings race.

ABC fell into a last-place tie for the night among viewers 18-49 with the CW, which saw “The Vampire Diaries” edge the Alphabet net’s “FlashForward” and the 100th episode of “Supernatural” nearly catch a repeat of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS won the first two hours of primetime in the demo and total audience with “Survivor” (3.7 rating/12 share in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall), “CSI” (3.0/9, 13.0 million) and a rerun of “The Mentalist” (2.4/7, 11.5 million).

Fox finished second at 8 p.m. with “Bones” (2.8/9, 9.7 million), then dropped to third at 9 with “Fringe” (2.4/7, 6.7 million) against the first hour of the two-hour NBC special “Saturday Night Live in the 2000s” (2.9/7, 6.7 million).

Ratings for the “SNL” special improved at 10 p.m. against reruns of CBS’ “The Mentalist” (2.4/7, 11.5 million) and ABC’s “Private Practice” (1.2/3, 3.7 million), the latter the night’s lowest-rated show in the demo.

For the CW, “Vampire Diaries” (1.5/5, 3.0 million) not only beat “FlashForward” (1.4/5, 5.0 million) in 18-49, the show topped “FlashForward” and NBC’s back-to-back reruns of “The Office” (1.5/5, 3.8 million) among adults 18-34, as well as several youth and female demos.

“Supernatural” (1.2/4, 2.4 million) fell short, however, in its bid to surpass “Grey’s” (1.4/4, 4.7 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 3.1/9, Fox 2.6/8, NBC 2.4/7, Univision 1.4/4, ABC 1.3/4, CW 1.3/4.

In total viewers: CBS 12.2 million, Fox 8.2 million, NBC 5.7 million, ABC 4.5 million, Univision 3.4 million, CW 2.7 million.

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