Fast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Repeats spread across the network landscape Thursday, meaning ratings were down for most of the networks. FOX had original programming and was up a little, but CBS took the night.
CBS averaged a 6.7 rating/11 share in primetime. FOX finished second with a 4.2/7, beating the 3.4/6 for ABC. NBC, 2.9/5, was fourth, followed by The CW at 1.4/2.
CBS was the only network to break the 2.0 mark in the adults 18-49 demographic, coming in at 2.2. FOX took second at 1.9, edging NBC's 1.8. ABC averaged 1.5 and The CW 0.8.
The return of "Million Dollar Password" to CBS led the 8 p.m. hour with a 5.3/9. FOX's "Secret Millionaire," 4.0/7, came in second (and led the hour in adults 18-49). An "Ugly Betty" rerun on ABC drew a 3.2/5, topping repeats of "My Name Is Earl" and "Kath & Kim" on NBC. The CW got a 1.5/3 from "Smallville."
CBS increased its lead at 9 p.m. with a "CSI" encore, 8.0/13. "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" earned a 4.4/7 for FOX to take second. A "Grey's Anatomy" rerun on ABC snagged third. "The Office" and "30 Rock" averaged 3.1/5 for NBC, while "Supernatural" scored a 1.3/2 for The CW.
"Eleventh Hour," 6.7/11, kept CBS on top at 10 p.m. ABC's "Private Practice" scored a 3.1/5 to stay ahead of more "30 Rock" and "The Office," which averaged 2.8/5 for 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.
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