Crime clearly pays for CBS. The Eye net won sleepy Friday night, averaging 11.2 million viewers,` according to early Nielsen estimates, with a combination of 11.1 million for Ghost Whisperer (pictured), a rerun of NCIS (11.3 million, almost doubling now-canceled The Ex List‘s numbers in the hour), and Numb3rs (11.2 million). ABC finished a distant second, thanks to ho-hum numbers for Wife Swap (4.6 million) and Supernanny (5.4 million); Fox’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics (4.9 million) fared similarly. But things continued to look truly desolate at NBC with Deal or No Deal (5.5 million), freshman adventure series Crusoe (4.2 million), and relocated Lipstick Jungle (3.3 million). The CW’s comedy block — Everybody Hates Chris and The Game (both with 1.7 million) — continued to struggle as well.
CBS won Sunday, too, with early-evening football boosting 60 Minutes (18.3 million) and The Amazing Race (14.1 million) — though those numbers are even more approximate than usual because football overruns throw the timing off. Pigskin also scored for NBC, as the Sunday night match-up between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles pulled in about 15.8 million viewers from 8:30 to 11 p.m. ABC remained solid with faithful Desperate Housewives (15.7 million), while The CW barely registered with repeats of Valentine (623,000) and Easy Money (501,000).
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