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Say goodbye to the Geezers. And no, the Buzz isn't talking about the departing Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw. We're talking about CBS and its former status as the senior-citizen mystery channel. A long goodbye to Jessica Fletcher, and a big hello to Gil Grissom and his 100th episode, not to mention the "New York" and "Miami" branches. The stunning win of the November sweeps by CBS represents a drubbing we haven't seen the likes of since Bill Cosby and his faux family were regularly seen on NBC's Thursdays. More importantly, CBS can now claim Must See TV status, having won every Thursday in November in the all-important 18-49-year-old demographic, even against NBC's "Seinfeld" reunion special. CBS also managed to have eight of the top 10 shows for the final full week of sweeps, thanks again to its "CSI" franchise, but also "Without a Trace," "Two and a Half Men," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "60 Minutes," "Cold Case" and "Survivor: Vanuatu."

Not only that, NBC had to watch as ABC-the network described by its own Jimmy Kimmel as "the fat kid who ate paste" - has found vindication in Sunday night's "Desperate Housewives," which found its largest audience so far (more than 27 million) on November's last weekend. The "Housewives" also scored a cover on Newsweek, while ABC's other ratings breakout, tearjerker "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," had its host Ty Pennington named People's "Sexiest TV Tool Guy." Looks like it's the fat kid that's had a makeover.

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