Fast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
William Petersen's final "CSI" episode dominated Thursday's ratings, carrying CBS to a decisive victory.
CBS averaged a 10.7 rating/17 share for the night, easily beating ABC's 6.0/9. NBC, 4.4/7, came in third, followed by FOX at 2.6/4. Numbers for all of the big four nets will likely change some, as they all carried a presidential address live at 8 p.m. ET. The CW drew a 2.2/3.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS scored a 4.5 rating to grab the top spot. ABC took second at 3.5, topping NBC's 3.0. FOX averaged 1.8 and The CW 1.5.
President Bush's address and a "CSI" rerun averaged 8.6/13 for CBS at 8 p.m. NBC got a 4.1/6 from the speech and "My Name Is Earl." The president and "Scrubs" scored a 3.7/6 for ABC, while FOX took fourth with the speech and "Kitchen Nightmares." The CW drew a 2.6/4 (and led FOX by a little in total viewers) with "Smallville."
The conclusion of the "CSI" repeat, and the new episode featuring Petersen's departure, delivered a 13.9/21 at 9 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy," 8.5/13, moved ABC into second. "The Office," 4.9/7, and "30 Rock," 4.0/6, were third for NBC. "Kitchen Nightmares" earned a 2.7/4, keeping FOX ahead of The CW and "Supernatural."
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.