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Survivor: Cook Islands Wins Night

The premiere of Survivor's controversial race between ethnically divided teams on drew some major sampling to CBS, recording a 6.6 rating/20 share in the key 18-49 demo Thursday night in Nielsen overnight ratings.

It was the night's top show and powered the net to an easy win on the night with a 5.3/16. CBS also had the second-highest-rated show, a repeat of CSI at a 4.8/14. It also had the third-highest-rated show, yet another CSI repeat, with a 4.7/14.

That's the good news. The bad is that is was still down 10% and 5%, respectively, from the previous two Survivor debut,s and was not going up against new shows, as it will be next week.

In distant second was ABC with a 3/9 for back-to-back repeats of Grey's Anatomy and a new Prime Time. Fox was third with a 2.2/7 for its all-new lineups. There were no ratings to write home about from Til Death, Happy Hour and Celebrity Duets, the last which came in fourth at 9-10 behind repeats on the other Big Three nets. NBC was fourth for the night with a 2.1/6 with repeats of Office, Earl and ER.

The WB still had more than a million people tuning in and a .7/2 rating in the demo as it heads for the exit.--Ben Grossman contributed to this report.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.