Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 12, 2009.

NBC's "E.R." got a big George Clooney-related boost at 10 p.m., but even his star power couldn't prevent CBS from sweeping the primetime hours.

CBS won the key 18-49 demographic with a 3.7 rating, beating the 3.5 rating for ABC and NBC and FOX's 3.1 rating. The CW was well back in fifth with a 1.3 rating.

Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 13.88 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/13 share, better than the 6.7/11 for ABC. FOX was third with a 5.2/8, leaving NBC in third with a 4.6/7. The CW's 2.0/3 was good enough for fifth. 

At 8 p.m. CBS got a 7.4/12 for "Survivor: Tocantins." FOX was second with a 5.9/10 for "Bones," while the 4.9/8 for ABC's "Ugly Betty" was third. NBC's  "My Name Is Earl" and "Kath & Kim" barely beat the 2.2/4 for The CW's "Smallville."

CBS stayed on top at 9 p.m. as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" did a 10.3/16, down from last week's Taylor Swift episode. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was second with a 9.0/14. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" was a distant third, nipping the 4.2/6 averaged by "The Office" and "30 Rock." The CW's "Smallville" was fifth with a 1.7/3.

"Eleventh Hour" finished CBS' sweep with a 7.4/12. Rumors of guest cameos pushed "E.R." to a 6.9/12 for NBC. The medical drama also won the hour in the 18-49 demo. ABC's "Private Practice" finished second in the demo, but third overall.

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


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.