CBS Obliterates Thursday Field, Ties Wednesday

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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CBS won as about much as it could win Thursday night, leading every half-hour among adults 18 to 49 and total viewers. With its all-original lineup up against mostly repeats, CBS won the keystone night by more than two full ratings points.

CBS' on-par lineup included the penultimate "Survivor: China" (4.5 preliminary Nielsen rating in 18-49), "CSI" (6.1) and "Without a Trace" (4.0).

In second place, NBC aired an hourlong "The Office" repeat (2.7), "30 Rock" (2.8) and a repeat of the special "Saturday Night Live Christmas" (2.7).

Placing third, Fox had "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" (2.5) and "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (2.7).

ABC had repeats in fourth place. The CW aired "Smallville" (1.5) and "Supernatural" (1.2).

Wednesday: Ratings were delayed. Here's a brief rundown of the national tallies: CBS and NBC tied for first in the 18-49 demo, with CBS eking out a victory among total viewers.

CBS had the season finale of "Kid Nation" (2.2), "Criminal Minds" (3.6) and "CSI: NY" (4.1). NBC aired a two-hour "Deal or No Deal" (3.6, an 11-week high) and "Dateline" (2.7).

Fox had comedy repeats and the season finale of "Kitchen Nightmares" (an on-par 2.8). By the by, for "Nightmares" fans, here's a site that live-blogs each "Nightmares" episode, checks out the online menus of the restaurants and sometimes interviews the restaurant owners for a little reality fact-checking.

On The CW, the premiere reality series "Crowned" (1.1), about mother-daughter beauty contests, lost more than half its lead-in from the typically sturdy "America's Next Top Model" finale (2.6).
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