Fast National ratings for Friday, Dec. 26, 2008.

Friday night's two most-watched programs were a pair of episodes of "Ghost Whisper" on CBS, so it's no wonder the network claimed the repeat-filled night in most measures.

In the key 18-49 demographic, CBS averaged a 1.5 rating, nipping the three-way tie between ABC, NBC and FOX with a 1.2 rating. The CW delivered its standard 0.5 rating.

Overall, CBS averaged 7 million viewers, plus a 4.5 rating/8 share. FOX was second with a 3.4/6, followed by NBC's 2.8/5 and the 2.6/5 for ABC. The CW's 0.8/2 trailed.

At 8 p.m., the first of those CBS "Ghost Whisperer" repeats had a 5.0/9 for first. FOX's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" was second with a 3.5/7, better than the tally for "Wife Swap" on ABC. NBC aired "Top Chef" and drew a 1.6/3, better than The CW's 0.9/2 for "Everybody Hates Chris" and "The Game."

"Ghost Whisperer" had a 4.2/8 in its second hour for CBS. FOX stayed second with a 3.2/6 for "Don't Forget the Lyrics," while NBC moved up to third with "Dateline." ABC's "Supernanny" had a 2.2/4 for fourth, better than The CW's episodes of "The Game" and "Everybody Hates Chris."

CBS completed its Friday sweep with a 4.2/8 for "Numb3rs" in the 10 p.m. hour. NBC's "Dateline" had a 3.9/7 for second, beating the 3.4/4 for ABC's "20/20."

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National 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.