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Fast National ratings for Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006

CBS scored an across-the-board ratings win Thursday night, claiming the top spot in all three hours of primetime.

For the night, CBS averaged a 7.5 rating/12 share, easily beating second-place ABC's 5.4/9. NBC finished third at 3.9/7. FOX came in fourth with a 3.6/6, and The WB and UPN tied for fifth at 1.4/2. (Local broadcasts of preseason NFL games also figure into the night's ratings.)

CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic by a wide margin, scoring a 3.6 rating. ABC took second with a 2.4, followed by NBC, 2.0, and FOX, 1.8. UPN and The WB tied at 0.8.

A double elimination on "Big Brother: All-Stars" earned a 6.1/10 for CBS at 8 p.m., among the show's highest ratings of the summer. A "Grey's Anatomy" rerun was second for ABC with a 5.3/9. "My Name Is Earl," 4.8/8, and "The Office," 4.0/7, put NBC in third. FOX finished fourth with a repeat of the "Celebrity Duets" premiere. A "Smallville" rerun on The WB averaged 1.5/3, edging "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Love, Inc." on UPN.

"CSI," 8.1/13, increased the CBS lead at 9 p.m. A second "Grey's," 5.9/9, kept ABC in second. Two more episodes of "The Office" averaged 3.9/7 for NBC, while "Duets" scored a 3.7/6 for the hour. UPN's "Eve" and "Cuts" tied The WB's "Supernatural" for fifth.

At 10 p.m., "Without a Trace" posted an 8.1/14 to finish the CBS sweep of the night. "Primetime" delivered a 5.0/8 for ABC, and the finale of "Windfall" came in at 3.5/6 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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