Fast National ratings for Friday, Dec. 5, 2008.

A double-dose of "Numb3rs" helped CBS easily win on Friday night.

In the key 18-49 demographic, CBS averaged a 2.2 rating, just ahead of the 2.0 rating for ABC. FOX had a 1.3 rating for third and NBC's 1.1 rating was fourth. The CW was fifth with a 0.5 rating.

CBS won even more easily over, averaging nearly 9.3 million viewers and a 6.0 rating/10 share. ABC was second with a 3.7/6, followed by FOX's 3.3/6 and the 2.7/5 for NBC. The CW's 1.2/2 trailed.

In the night's first hour, CBS got a 6.2/11 for "Ghost Whisperer," while FOX was second with "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader." The first hour of ABC's "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" had a 3.2/6, bettering the 2.9/5 for a "Greatest Holiday Moments" special on NBC. The CW's "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" was fifth with a 1.3/2.

A repeat of "Numb3rs" was first in the 9 p.m. hour, giving CBS a 5.5/9. ABC's move moved up to second, while FOX's "Don't Forget the Lyrics" took third with a 3.2/5. NBC's "Lipstick Jungle" ad a 2.5/4 and at least beat "The Story of Santa Claus" on The CW.

A new "Numbers3" had no problems winning 10 p.m. for CBS with a 6.3/11. ABC's "20/20" took second with a 4.3/8 and beat "Dateline 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.