TV Ratings: CBS' psychics, FOX's baseball a hit on Friday

jenniferlovehewitt_ghostwhisperer_290.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, Oct. 16, 2009

CBS' Friday night win in the ratings looks very similar to the previous week's, but got some competition from Game 1 of the baseball playoffs between the Angels and the Yankees on FOX. As expected, the two-hour premiere of "Ugly Betty" on ABC improved on the previous week's reruns of "FlashForward" and comedies, bringing the network an okay third-place finish for the night.

CBS averaged 8 million viewers and an 5.1 rating/9 share in households. FOX took second with 7.4 million viewers and a 4.6/8 share, while NBC (6.1 million, 4.1/7) took third. ABC's 5.7 million and 3.9/7 was good for fourth, and The CW took up last position (2 million, 1.3/2).

FOX took the demo title home, however, grabbing a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. CBS was second with a 2.0, followed by ABC, 1.6, NBC, 1.4, and The CW at 0.8.

The breakdown, hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Ghost Whisperer" (8.2 million viewers, 5.1/9 households)
NBC: "Law & Order" (7.6 million, 4.9/9)
FOX: MLB Playoffs (7.2 million, 4.4/8)
ABC: "Ugly Betty" season premiere (5.0 million, 3.4/6)
The CW: "Smallville" (2.6 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: MLB Playoffs (2.2)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Medium" (8 million, 5.2/9)
FOX: MLB Playoffs (7.6 million, 4.7/8)
NBC: "NBC News Special" (5.7 million, 3.8/7)
ABC: "Ugly Betty" second hour of premiere (5.2 million, 3.5/6)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" repeat (1.3 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: MLB Playoffs (2.4)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Numb3rs" (7.8 million, 5.0/9)
ABC: "20/20" (6.9 million, 4.7/9)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (5 million, 3.4/7)

18-49 leader:
"20/20" (2.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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