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CBS, NBC Carve Up Thursday

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Thursday night was all CBS and NBC, with the rest of the networks fighting over the leftovers, and there weren't many of those.

In fact, CBS (8.6/22 in the 18-49 demo) and NBC (7.3/19) each beat all the other networks combined.

CBS won on the strength of Survivor, CSI and Without A Trace, with only the last show failing to win its time period.

NBC was a strong second with solid outings from Joey (5.0/14), Will & Grace (5.5/14) Apprentice and ER. ER won its 10 p.m. time period with a 9.0/23, second only to CSI's 11.6/27 for the night.

CSI drew a crowd for its hundredth episode, as it has for the previous 99 (at a party in L.A., CBS Chairman Les Moonves reportedly said the show was the best buy the network had ever made).

Fox was in a distant third at a 2.3/6 for The O.C. and North Shore, the latter which went south, placing fifth in its 9-10 time period, including being beaten by UPN's WWE Smackdown.

It's likely nobody was celebrating at ABC, whose season has been a roller coaster of feast (Sunday jumps to mind) and relative famine. Thursday was the latter, with the network  recording a 1.8/5 average in 18-49s for fourth place with Extreme Makeover and two editions of Prime Time, the first of which also came in fifth behind UPN, this time a distant fifth at a 1.4/3 vs. UPN's 1.9/5 for Smackdown.

ABC was even way down compared to last Thursday night, when it got a 3.0 rating for Saving Private Ryan, even though the show wasn't cleared in as much as a third of the country, according to some reports.

In a close fifth for the night was UPN at a 1.7/4 for wrestling. The WB was a distant sixth. It managed a whole .9/2 for the movie, The Whole Nine Yards.

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