CBS Chalks Up Easy Thursday Win

Fast National ratings for Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006

Last night was Thursday, which meant CBS cruised to yet another ratings victory on the strength of its crime dramas.

For the night, CBS averaged a 6.2 rating/11 share, finishing well ahead of No. 2 ABC's 4.5/8. FOX, 3.9/7, edged NBC, 3.7/7, for third. The WB scored a 1.4/2 to take fifth, and UPN trailed with a 1.0/2.

CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 2.7 rating, although its margin of victory wasn't as big as in the household numbers. FOX took second in the key ad demographic with a 2.5, followed by ABC at 2.1 and NBC at 1.9. Neither The WB nor UPN broke 1.0.

"Big Brother: All-Stars" began CBS' night with a 4.7/9 at 8 p.m. ABC grabbed second with the first of two episodes of "Grey's Anatomy," 4.2/8. Reruns of "My Name Is Earl," 3.7/7, and "The Office," 2.9/5, put NBC in third. An hour of "That '70s Show" was fourth for FOX. The WB got a 1.6/3 from "Smallville," which was good enough to beat "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Love, Inc." on UPN.

CBS increased its lead at 9 p.m. with "CSI," 6.6/11. "So You Think You Can Dance," 5.2/9, moved FOX up to second, just ahead of "America's Got Talent," 5.0/8, on NBC. ABC slid to fourth even though the second "Grey's," 4.3/8, improved a little on its lead-in. "Supernatural" kept The WB in front of UPN, which went with "Eve" and "Cuts."

"Without a Trace" finished off the CBS sweep with a 7.2/13 at 10 p.m. "Primetime" posted a 5.1/9 for ABC, while NBC's "Windfall" delivered a 2.9/5.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.