Fast Nation ratings for Friday, May 23, 2008.
Gone are the boffo ratings of May sweeps, replaced by the sort of summer doldrums where a 3.9 overall rating can win a night.
That 3.9 rating (along with a 7 share) went to CBS, which narrowly won Friday night over the 3.8/7 for NBC. ABC wasn't that far back with a 3.0/6. FOX finished fourth on the night with a 2.5/5, just in front of the 2.3/4 for The CW.
NBC and CBS split the key 18-49 demographic, doing a 1.5 rating. FOX was next with a 1.4 rating, followed by the 1.3 rating for ABC and The CW's 1.2 rating.
CBS started the night in first with a 3.5/7 for "Ghost Whisperer." NBC's two "Most Outrageous Moments" episodes averaged a 3.2/6 for second. ABC's reairing of the "Grey's Anatomy" finale did a 2.6/5 and nipped FOX's "Cheaper by the Dozen," while The CW's "WWE Friday Night Smackdown" had a 2.2/4 for fifth.
NBC grabbed first at 9 p.m. with a 4.0/7 for "Dateline." CBS dropped to second with a 3.8/7 for another "Ghost Whisperer" episode. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was up to a 3.1/6, while FOX's movie and The CW's wrestling were stable.