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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 16, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 16, 2008

CBS’s “CSI” and “Survivor: Gabon” were the number one- and number three-ranked primetime telecasts on broadcast TV for Thursday, October 16, 2008.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” was sandwiched between the two, in second place.

RANK PROGRAM NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 CSI CBS 19,275,000
2 GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 14,803,000
3 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 12,807,000
4 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 11,907,000
5 E.R. NBC 8,961,000
6 SNL:WKND UPDT 10/16(S)-10/16/2008 NBC 8,832,000
7 UGLY BETTY ABC 8,327,000
8 OFFICE NBC 8,276,000
9 LIFE ON MARS ABC 8,220,000
10 MY NAME IS EARL NBC 6,722,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (October 16, 2008).

Overall, CBS won the night with an average audience of 14.7 million viewers, while ABC took second place with almost 10.5 million average viewers. NBC and Univision claimed third and fourth places with roughly 8.0 million and 4.5 million average viewers, respectively. The CW and FOX followed in fifth and sixth places with average audiences of roughly 3.62 million and 3.56 million viewers, respectively.