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'Numb3rs' Add Up to CBS Friday Win
January 30, 2005
After a football-aided boffo premiere on Sunday, "Numb3rs" moved into its own time period on Friday night and the math-dominated procedural proved it was more than just a flash in the pan.
Overall, CBS won the night with a 7.9 rating/13 share, followed by NBC's 6.5/11. ABC was third with a 5.5/9. FOX was well off in fourth with a 2.6/4. On the netlet side, The WB was fifth with a 2.0/3, better than the 1.3/2 for UPN.
CBS also won among adults 18-49, doing a 3.6 rating in the demographic that flies advertisers to the moon. NBC was second with a 2.8 rating. ABC stayed in third with a 1.8 rating, though FOX's 1.7 rating and the 1.3 rating for The WB were close behind. UPN trailed with a 0.7 rating.
NBC started the night in first the with 6.9/12 for "Dateline NBC." CBS' "Joan of Arcadia" was second, edging the 5.2/9 averaged by two episodes of "8 Simple Rules" on ABC. A pair of episodes of "The Bernie Mac Show" averaged a 2.9/5 for FOX, topping the 1.7/3 for "Enterprise" on UPN. The WB was sixth with "What I Like About You" and the unheralded series finale of "Grounded for Life."

At 9 p.m., CBS moved into first with the 8.2/14 for a repeat of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." "Dateline NBC" dropped to second for the hour, still better than the 4.7/8 for "Hope & Faith" and "Less than Perfect" on ABC. FOX's "Jonny Zero" had a 2.3/4 in its latest entry. The WB's "Reba" and "Blue Collar TV" averaged a 2.4/4 for fifth. UPN was last with an encore of "The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott."

CBS closed the night with a strong 9.8/17 for "Numb3rs," by far the evening's most watched program. ABC's "20/20" took second, as NBC's "Medical Investigation" slumped to third with a 4.8/8.

Source: Zap2it.com
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