It was just like old times as NBC captured its first Thursday ratings victory in a very long time last night.
Overall, NBC averaged a 6.9 rating/11 share, edging the 6.4/11 for CBS’ NCAA basketball. ABC took advantage of CBS for a solid 5.3/9, followed by FOX’s 3.8/6 and the 3.2/5 for UPN. The WB was last with a 2.1/3.
CBS started the night in first with the 6.2/10 its second hour of basketball. NBC averaged a 6.0/10 for back-to-back episodes of “Will & Grace” and took second. The first two episodes of “Jake in Progress” on ABC did a solid 5.0/8, beating the returns for FOX’s “The O.C.” UPN was fifth with “WWE Smackdown,” but The WB’s Jeff Foxworthy also did well with a solid 2.9/5.
NBC moved to first for the 9 p.m. hour with an 8.1/13 for an “Apprentice” clip show. CBS’ basketball slipped to second, but scored higher numbers at 6.9/11. ABC’s two repeat “Jake” episodes were third. UPN’s “Smackdown” was fourth with a 3.4/5, beating the measly 2.8/4 for “Point Pleasant” on FOX.
At 10 p.m., NBC solidified its lead at 6.6/12 for an “ER” repeat. ABC’s “Primetime Thursday” was second with a 6.3/11, leaving CBS’ basketball in third.