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Friday Night Bites: CBS's 'Moonlight' Rises

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CBS's vampire detective drama "Moonlight" premiered Friday night and helped the network win the evening alongside returning series "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numb3rs."

The downside: across-the-board viewership declines resulted in lower-rated time-period returns compared to last year.

"Ghost Whisperer" came back to a 2.4 rating (down 25 percent among adults 18 to 49 in the preliminary Nielsens), "Moonlight" had a 2.5 (down 25 percent from the premier of "Close to Home" in the time period a year ago) and "Numb3rs" also had a 2.5 (down 19 percent). CBS notes that DVR penetration continues to increase and that Fridays are the most time-shifted night.

NBC came in second with the two-hour premiere of Tom Selleck-infused "Las Vegas" (2.4, down 23 percent from last season's one-hour October premiere)

ABC was third with repeats and "20/20" (1.8). Fox was fourth with "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" (1.4) and a repeat. The CW's "Friday Night Smackdown" (1.6) had its best rating since March.

Also: Hoping to gain some additional sampling, networks posted some encore presentations of its key freshman and returning premieres this weekend.

NBC's "Chuck" drew the highest number on Saturday night, picking up a 1.5 rating among adults 18 to 49. CBS's "Moonlight"—repeating a mere day after its premiere—got the biggest percentage compared to its original number with a 1.3. NBC's controversial "Heroes" repeat got a 1.0. Fox's "K-Ville" had a 0.9 on Friday. CBS's "Cane" pulled a 0.8 on Saturday.
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