Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 5, 2009.

The "American Idol" Wild Card show pushed FOX to a narrow Thursday win, while country chanteuse Taylor Swift gave "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" a big boost.

FOX handily won the 18-49 demographic, doing a 6.1 rating in the key age group. CBS was second with a 4.0 rating, followed by NBC's 3.2 rating. ABC's 1.6 rating and the 0.8 rating for The CW trailed.

Overall, though, things were a bit more complicated, with CBS posting a 9.2/15 to FOX's 9.2/14, while FOX's average viewership was 15.94 million, nearly a million more than the audience for CBS. NBC was a distant third with a 4.6/7, while ABC's 3.9/6 and the 1.3/2 for The CW followed.

At 8 p.m. the "American Idol" Wild Card had a 12.2/19 for FOX and took a bite out of "Survivor: Tocantins" of CBS (7.1/11) and "Ugly Betty" on ABC (4.3/7). NBC's "My Name Is Earl" and "Kath & Kim" was fourth, beating the 1.5/2 for a CW "Smallville" repeat.

CBS moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 12.8/20 for the Taylor Swift "CSI." FOX slipped to second with a 6.2/10 for "Hell's Kitchen." NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock" averaged a 4.9/8, topping ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" repeat and The CW's "Supernatural" encore.

CBS' "Eleventh Hour" controlled the 10 p.m. hour with a 7.9/14. NBC's "ER" was second overall with a 5.8/10 and won the hour n the 18-49 demo. ABC's "Private Practice" repeat was third.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.

 

 

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