Fast National ratings for Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.
In the coveted 18-49 demographic, CBS averaged a 2.1 rating, better than FOX and NBC's 1.3 rating or the 1.2 rating for ABC. The CW's 0.5 rating trailed.
Overall, CBS averaged just under 9.1 million viewers, plus a 5.8 rating/10 share for the night. NBC was a distant second with a 3.6/6, followed closely by FOX's 3.4/6 and the 2.8/5 for ABC. The CW's 0.9/1 trailed.
"Ghost Whisperer" started strong for CBS, delivering the night's highest ratings with a 6.5/11. FOX's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" was second with a 3.8/7. ABC's "Wife Swap" grabbed third, nipping the returns for NBC's encore of the "Momma's Boy" premiere. The CW's "Everybody Hates Chris" and "The Game" averaged a 0.9/2 between them.
A repeat of "Numb3rs" gave CBS a 5.1/9 in the 9 p.m. hour. "Dateline NBC" was second with a 4.1/7, comfortably beating the 3.0/5 for "Don't Forget the Lyrics." ABC's "Supernanny" was fourth with a 2.2/1 and The CW's comedy repeats dipped slightly in fifth.
At 10 p.m. new "Numb3rs" moved up to a 5.8/10. "Dateline NBC" had a 4.4/8 and ABC's "20/20" wasn't far off in third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.