FOX, CBS Duel Thursday; NBC Takes Friday

Technical difficulties at Nielsen delayed the release of Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20. A summary of those two days, along with Saturday, July 21, follows.

On Thursday, CBS won the night in households with a 5.5 rating/10 share, although FOX, 5.4/10, drew the most total viewers (8.29 million to 8.04 million for CBS). NBC was well back in third at 2.7/5. ABC, 2.6/5, finished fourth, and The CW was fifth at 1.2/2.

FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.9 rating, topping CBS' 2.4. NBC averaged 1.8, ABC 1.0 and The CW 0.6.

"Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?," 5.0/9, won the 8 p.m. hour over CBS' "Big Brother," 4.7/9. A "CSI" rerun scored a 6.0/9 for CBS at 9 p.m., edging FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" (the order was reversed in total viewers). The Eye's "Shark," 5.7/10, easily beat its 10 p.m. competition.

On Friday, NBC won a quiet night with a 3.3/7, followed closely by CBS at 3.1/6. ABC was third in households at 2.7/5, but The CW, 2.6/5, had more viewers. FOX trailed at 2.1/4.

NBC and The CW tied for the lead among adults 18-49 at 1.4. ABC averaged 1.2, CBS 1.1 and FOX 1.0.

The night's most-watched show was a repeat of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," which drew a 3.8/7 for NBC at 10 p.m.

CBS, 3.1/7, was tops in households Saturday, but FOX's combination of "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted" (2.9/6) led in total viewers and adults 18-49. ABC averaged 2.6/5 for the night and NBC 2.2/5.