Fast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008.

A trio of procedurals made CBS the most watched network on Christmas.

Actually, CBS had to share the key young adult demo, doing a 1.4 rating among viewers 18-49, tied with NBC. ABC was third with a 1.1 rating, followed closely by the 1.0 rating for FOX. The CW's 0.5 rating was last.

In total viewers, though, CBS won comfortably, averaging just under 7.1 million viewers, plus a 4.5 rating/9 share. NBC was second with a 3.2/7, followed by ABC's 2.3/5 and the 1.6/3 for FOX. The CW was last with a 0.9/2.

CBS started off in first with a 3.7/8 for "Without a Trace." NBC's "Deal or No Deal," the night's only non-repeat programming, was second with a 3.5/8.  ABC's "Ugly Betty" was third, beating the 1.4/3 for "Kitchen Nightmares" on FOX, plus "Smallville" on The CW.

At 9 p.m. CBS got a 5.0/10 for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," making it the night's most watched program. NBC's "Deal or No Deal" was close behind with a 4.1/8. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" did a 2.3/5, which was enough for third. FOX's second episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" was fourth, while "Supernatural" improved slightly on its lead-in for a 1.0/2 on The CW.

"Eleventh Hour" closed the night with a 4.7/10 to give CBS the 10 p.m. hour. ABC's "Private Practice" had a 2.3/5, edging two episodes of "The Office" on NBC.

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.