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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 30, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 30, 2008

CBS’s “CSI” and “Survivor: Gabon” were the number one- and number three-ranked primetime telecasts on broadcast TV for Thursday, October 30, 2008.

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

The season premiere of NBC’s “30 Rock” also made the top 10.

Rank Program Network Viewers (P2+)
1 CSI CBS 19,098,000
2 GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 15,319,000
3 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 13,015,000
4 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 11,248,000
5 OFFICE NBC 9,514,000
6 E.R. NBC 9,192,000
7 30 ROCK NBC 8,663,000
8 UGLY BETTY ABC 8,550,000
9 LIFE ON MARS ABC 8,139,000
10 MY NAME IS EARL NBC 6,269,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (October 30, 2008).

Overall, CBS won the night with an average audience of almost 14.5 million viewers, while ABC took second place with just over 10.7 million average viewers. NBC and Univision claimed third and fourth places with roughly 8 million and 4.5 million average viewers, respectively. The CW and FOX followed in fifth and sixth places with average audiences of roughly 3.9 million and 3.7 million average viewers, respectively.