Fast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
CBS held onto its place atop the Nielsen total-viewer mountain Thursday, but Barbara Walters teamed with "Grey's Anatomy" to grab the demographic crown.
CBS averaged an 8.4 rating/13 share for the night, beating out ABC's 8.1/13 (the two networks were separated by about 1.4 million viewers). NBC finished a distant third at 4.5/7. Reruns on FOX, 2.5/4, and The CW, 1.3/2, rounded out the field.
ABC led among adults 18-49 with a 4.1 rating. CBS took second with a 3.8, followed by NBC at 3.1. FOX drew a 1.7 and The CW a 0.8.
"Survivor: Gabon," 7.6/12, scored an easy win for CBS at 8 p.m. ABC's "Ugly Betty" came in second with a 5.8/9. "My Name Is Earl," 3.9/6, and "Kath & Kim," 3.2/5, put NBC in third, ahead of a "Kitchen Nightmares" repeat on FOX. The CW's "Smallville" encore earned a 1.4/2.
CBS held the lead at 9 p.m. with "CSI," 10.7/16. "Grey's Anatomy" snagged a 9.9/15 (and also drew the night's best 18-49 rating). NBC stayed in third with "The Office," 4.9/7, and "30 Rock," 4.3/7. A second "Kitchen Nightmares" posted a 2.6/4 for FOX. A "Supernatural" repeat on The CW dipped slightly from its lead-in.
At 10 p.m., ABC's annual "Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People" special scored an 8.7/15. "Eleventh Hour" delivered a 7.1/12 for CBS, topping the 5.4/9 for "ER" on NBC.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
TV Ratings: Split Verdict for ABC, CBS Thursday
'Grey's,' Walters do demo business; 'CSI' stays on top overall
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