Primetime Ratings: Repeats Start to Crack Lineups

CBS Wins Thursday Night on New Episode of Survivor

With the November sweeps having just ended and some networks bringing out the repeats, CBS was the winner Thursday in the 18-49 demo with a 3.5/9, led by the night's top show, a new episode of Survivor (4.5/12).

Even CBS' CSI (3.4/8) beat Grey's Anatomy (3.1/8), a turnabout from the norm, although both were in repeats and Grey's does not repeat particularly well.

NBC was in second place, unfamiliar territory but led by a time-period-winning performance by a new ER (3.4/9) up against a repeat of Without a Trace on CBS, as well as solid outings from The Office (a 3 rating for a repeat) and a new episode of Scrubs (3.1/7).

ABC was in an also unfamiliar third place at a 2.5/6 with a lineup of repeats of Ugly Betty (1.9/5) and Grey's and a new Big Shots (2.4/6), though even that number may be inflated by the ratings for the Green Bay/Dallas football game in Milwaukee--the overnights are time period, not program, averages--a competing network helpfully pointed out..

Fox was fourth with a 2.6/7 for its game-show lineup of Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader and Don't Forget the Lyrics.

The CW couldn't quite crack a one rating with an all-repeat lineup of Smallville and Supernatural.