Fast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008.

On a Thursday mostly devoid of new programming, CBS still dominated the night in most key measures.

In the 18-49 demographic advertisers crave, CBS Averaged a 2.2. rating, edging out the 1.9 rating for FOX and NBC's 1.8 rating. ABC's 1.5 rating followed in fourth, with The CW's 0.8 rating in fifth.

Overall, CBS had a more comfortable margin of victory, averaging 10.3 million viewers in primetime, plus a 6.7 rating/11 share. FOX was a distant second with a 4.2/7, with ABC's 3.4/6 and NBC's 2.9/5 next in line. The CW was fifth with a 1.4/5.

CBS swept the primetime hours starting at 8 p.m. with a 5.3/9 for "Million Dollar Password." Interestingly, viewers were all about millionaires for the hour, as FOX's "Secret Millionaire" had a 4.0/7 and won the frame with a 2.0 demo rating. ABC's "Ugly Betty" and NBC's "My Name Is Earl" and "KAth & Kim" followed. The CW's "Smallville" did a 1.5/3 for fifth.

A repeat of "CSI" delivered an 8.0/13 for CBS in the 9 p.m. hour. FOX's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" was second with a 4.4/7. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" held off the 3.1/5 for repeats of "The Office" and "30 Rock" on NBC. The CW's "Supernatural" slipped only slightly from its lead-in. 

CBS closed strong with a 6.7/11 for an "Eleventh Hour" repeat. ABC's "Private Practice" was second with a 3.1/5, beating another hour of NBC comedy repeats.

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.