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'CSI' Spells Thursday Success for CBS


Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 1, 2006

The first prime-time network broadcast of the National Spelling Bee brought decent ratings to ABC Thursday, but CBS still ruled the night.

CBS averaged a 7.7 rating/13 share in primetime to score a fairly easy win. ABC finished second with a 5.4/9, and FOX was third at 5.0/8. NBC, 3.4/6, came in fourth. The WB's 1.4/2 was good for fifth, beating out UPN's 1.2/2.

FOX snagged the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 3.4 rating. CBS, 3.1, finished second in the demographic. ABC was third at 2.5. NBC took fourth with a 2.2. Neither The WB nor UPN broke the 1.0 barrier.

The time-period premiere of "Gameshow Marathon," 5.8/10, put CBS on top at 8 p.m. ABC was second with the live (tape-delayed out West) final rounds of the National Spelling Bee, scoring a 5.0/9 for the hour. A repeat of "So You Think You Can Dance" was third for FOX at 3.8/7. Two episodes of "The Office" averaged 3.4/6 for NBC. A "Smallville" repeat on The WB topped UPN's "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Love, Inc."

At 9 p.m., "CSI" delivered the night's best rating, 9.1/15, to CBS. A new "So You Think You Can Dance," 6.3/10, moved FOX into second. The Spelling Bee improved some to 5.5/9. Another hour of "The Office" held steady for NBC. The WB stayed in fifth with "Supernatural," 1.3/2, while UPN went with "Eve" and "Cuts."

"Without a Trace" closed the night for CBS with an 8.3/14 at 10 p.m. The final few minutes of the Spelling Bee, won by New Jersey's Kerry Close, and "Primetime" averaged 5.6/9 for ABC. An "ER" rerun scored a 3.7/6 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.
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