TV Ratings: CBS Flourishes With 'Flashpoint' Friday

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Fast National ratings for Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

CBS ruled Friday night ratings with its slate of usual dramas, in addition to the second-season premiere of the summer hit "Flashpoint."

CBS averaged a 6.5 rating/11 share for the night, well ahead of second-place finisher ABC, 4.0/7. Next came NBC, 3.6/6, followed by FOX, 2.5/4. The CW came in last with a 0.9/1.

The battle for the adult 18-49 demographic told a similar story, with CBS drawing a 2.3 for the lead, and ABC taking second with a 1.9. Tied for third are NBC and FOX with 1.6 apiece. The CW got 0.5.

"Ghost Whisperer" kicked off the evening at 8 p.m. with the highest ratings, 6.7/12, for the night. NBC's "Howie Do It" came in second, 4.6/8, followed by ABC's "Wife Swap," 3.1/5, FOX's first hour or "Bruce Almighty," 2.2/4, and The CW's comedy combo of "Everybody Hates Chris" and "The Game," averaging 1.1/2.

"Flashpoint's" new season debuted at 9 p.m. for CBS with a 6.3/11. Second place went to ABC's "Supernanny," 3.7/6, while NBC's "Lipstick Jungle" and FOX's second half of the "Bruce Almighty" both tied for third with a 2.8/5. The CW trailed with a rerun of the reality horror show "13 - Fear Is Real."

Finally, CBS' "Numb3rs" led the way at 10 p.m. with a 6.4/11. ABC got a 5.3/9 from "20/20," while "Dateline" scored a 3.4/6 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, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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