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Deja Vu All Over Again: CBS Reruns Top Ratings

(Posted August 24, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( The nation's TV viewers proved to be unrepentant recidivists last week, pushing repeats of crime shows to seven of the top 10 spots in the Nielsen ratings. Five of those spots went to CBS series, leading the network to another weekly victory in its dominant summer.

CBS averaged a 5.3 rating/8 share and 7.8 million viewers per night for the week ending Sunday, Aug. 21, easily outdistancing the other five broadcast nets. NBC, 4.1/7, took second in households over ABC, 3.8/7, but the Alphabet held a very slight edge in viewers, drawing 5.69 million per night to NBC's 5.68 million. FOX (3.4/6, 5.07 million) came in fourth, followed by UPN (1.8/3, 2.7 million) and The WB (1.3/2, 1.83 million).

The adults 18-49 crown also went to CBS, which scored a 2.5 rating in the demographic for the week. FOX was second at 2.1, with ABC, 2.0, close behind and NBC in fourth at 1.9. UPN averaged 1.1 and The WB 0.8.

The top of the rankings featured something not seen in several weeks -- a show not called "CSI" at No. 1. That honor instead went to another Thursday-night show on CBS, "Without a Trace," 9.1/16. "CSI" did, however, beat "Trace" in total viewers (13.03 million to 12.92 million) and was second in households at 8.9/15.

Crime-solvers of various stripes five of the next eight spots as well, with CBS' "CSI: Miami" and "NCIS" tying for fourth, and NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (sixth) and "Criminal Intent" (tied for eighth) bracketing CBS' "Cold Case." The rest of the top 10 was filled by "60 Minutes" (third, 7.0/14), and two episodes of "Two and a Half Men" (tied for eighth and 10th).

The start of the finals on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" pushed the show into the top 20 overall -- it tied for 11th at 5.7/9 -- and also drew strong numbers in the 18-49 demographic. It was No. 3 for the week by that measure, behind only "CSI" and "Without a Trace."

Also of note in the top 20 are decent performances by a couple of movie repeats. Part two of the CBS miniseries "Living with the Dead" came in 17th with a 5.2/9, while ABC's showing of "Remember the Titans" was one spot back at 5.1/8. The latter drew ABC's biggest summer-Monday audience, sports excluded, in more than two years.

Farther down the list, the debut of "Tommy Lee Goes to College" on NBC fared better with younger viewers than it did overall. Episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday finished only 44th and 31st in households, but both were among the top 25 in adults 18-49. The 9:30 episode tied for seventh in the demographic.

The Tuesday edition of "Rock Star: INXS" has also found a bit of a foothold. Last week's performances drew about 6.5 million viewers, above its season average of 6.19 million, and cracked the top 10 among adults 18-49.

"WWE Smackdown!" topped UPN's slate with a 2.9/5, tying for 72nd place overall. A "Gilmore Girls" rerun led The WB with a 1.9/3, good for 88th.

Source: Zap2it

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