Easy Win for CBS Friday

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Fast National ratings for Friday, April 7, 2006

With "Deal or No Deal" getting the night off at NBC, no one seriously challenged CBS for ratings supremacy on Friday.

CBS averaged a 7.7 rating/14 share for the night, easily surpassing No. 2 ABC's 5.2/9. NBC was not far behind in third at 4.9/9. UPN's 2.7/5 edged FOX's 2.6/5 for fourth, and The WB trailed with a 1.5/3.

The story was much the same in the adults 18-49 demographic, where CBS led with a 3.2 rating. ABC was second in the ad-friendly demo at 2.6, followed by NBC, 2.1, and FOX, 1.7. UPN averaged 1.4 and The WB 0.8.

"Ghost Whisperer" put CBS on top at 8 p.m. with a 6.9/13. A repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" was second for ABC, topping the NBC special "Tim McGraw: Reflected," 4.7/9. The first hour of "Friday Night Smackdown!" posted a 2.4/4 for UPN, narrowly beating the 2.3/4 average for two episodes of "The Bernie Mac Show" on FOX. The WB's "Survival of the Richest" brought up the rear.

CBS improved to 7.4/13 at 9 p.m. with "Close to Home." NBC moved up to second with "Las Vegas," 5.5/9, which dropped a second hour of "Home Videos," 5.1/9, on ABC to third. The second half of "Smackdown!" tied for fourth with FOX's "Trading Spouses," though UPN had an advantage in total viewers. The WB went with a "Reba" rerun, 2.0/3, and "Modern Men," 1.2/2.

At 10 p.m., "Numb3rs" scored an 8.8/15, the night's best rating, for CBS. ABC's "20/20" averaged 5.5/10, beating the 4.7/8 for NBC's "Conviction."

  • 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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