CBS continued its dominance of Thursday nights, finishing ahead of the other broadcast networks.
The network aired summer repeats of its strongest series. ABC and NBC both aired hour-long news specials on the Hurricane Katrina disaster at 10 p.m. in addition to regularly-scheduled programming.
CBS averaged a 3.1 rating/9 share in the demo for the night, according to Nielsen fast national ratings for Sept. 1.
Its shows were the top three highest-rated programs in prime time: Big Brother drew a 3.1/10 at 8 p.m., CSI scored a 3.3/9, and Without a Trace did a 2.9/8.
Without a Trace did not win the 10 o’clock hour by much—just two-tenths of a ratings point in the demo. The ABC and NBC News specials on the Katrina disaster both recorded a 2.7. (ABC’s share was 8; NBC’s was 7.)
Fox finished in second place with a repeat of Prison Break’s two-hour premiere (2.5/7).
NBC and ABC were tied for third at a 2.3/7.
ABC aired the Jackie Chan-Owen Wilson movie, Shanghai Knights, at 8-10 p.m., netting a 2.1/6. NBC broadcast Joey (1.9/7), Will & Grace from 8:30-9:30 (2.3/7), and Scrubs (2.2/6).
In fifth, UPN (1.7/5 for the night) said goodbye to its Thursday edition of WWE Smackdown! The wrestling program moves to Friday at 8 p.m. to make way for the Sept. 8 premiere of Everybody Hates Chris.
The WB finished last at .6/2 with an 8 p.m. repeat of Smallville (.7/2) and Everwood (.6/2).