Fast National ratings for Friday, June 6, 2008.
With the summer doldrums comes a half-hearted tug-o'-war for ratings between two networks. Despite CBS' usual mastery, NBC shimmied by for the top spot Friday.
NBC also took the 18-49 demographic battle with a 1.5 rating, while CBS kept up with a 1.4. A three-way tie for last place occurred when the remaining networks garnered a 1.3 apiece.
CBS started out ahead at 8 p.m. with its repeat of "Ghost Whisperer" earning a 3.7/8. NBC's two "Most Outrageous TV Moments" averaged a 3.0/6 for second, with ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" nipping on its heels with a 2.8/6. The CW's "WWE Friday Night Smackdown," 2.2/4, came in fourth, leaving FOX to bring up the rear with the first hour of the Wayans Brothers comedy "White Chicks," 2.0/4.
NBC yanked the lead in the 9 o'clock hour with "Dateline NBC" scoring a whopping (for summer!) 4.9/9, well ahead of CBS' second "Ghost Whisperer's" 3.9/8. The "Smackdown" sneaked up to third with a 2.4/5, while ABC and FOX duked it out for last place with two "According to Jim" episodes and the second half of "White Chicks," respectively earning identical low ratings.