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If ABC was hoping to make some improvements to its Thursday night ratings, the network might have to try again. In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? tied Ugly Betty‘s previous demos while averaging a smaller audience. Meanwhile, a rare Thursday appearance of American Idol gave FOX a win in both categories.

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College sports coverage proved to be both a winner and loser for CBS last night. Although the NCAA tournament didn’t earn the network another double win last night, the court action did score a tie in the demos with ABC. (The Alphabet was the sole winner with the viewers.)

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  • (10.2 million, 3.0/9 in 18-49) raised 600,000.
  • CBS’ basketball coverage (3.5/10) scored 9.4 million.
  • (7.6 million, 2.1/6) picked up 400,000.
  • (6.4 million, 2.4/8) improved by 2 million; a repeat of (4.6 million, 2.0/6) did better than the Kath finale.
  • (3.3 million. 1.4/4) lost 400,000.

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George Clooney might be able to schedule meetings with high-ranking politicians, but he can’t save a whole network. Even though ER saw its best audience in two years, NBC only tied for third in the demos and placed fourth with the viewers last night. (The winner in both categories was CBS.)

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Taylor Swift isn’t just a big concert draw, the country music sensation is a ratings hit as well. Swift’s stint on CSI helped give the CBS program a nice boost on Thursday night. Unfortunately, that other musical hit (a.k.a. American Idol) was also around to do its thing.

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The conclusion of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event gave the network another win in the demos last night. Meanwhile, a CSI drop didn’t keep CBS from placing first with the viewers.

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ABC’s crossover experiment paid off big time yesterday. Despite an all-new lineup on CBS (and the season premiere of Survivor), the Alphabet network finished the night with a win in the demos. CBS, though, did place first with the viewers.

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  • (4.4/13 in 18-49) kicked things off with 13.8 million.
  • (7.4 million, 2.3/6) did about the same.
  • (6.3 million, 2.6/8) was up a smidge; (5.5 million, 2.4/6) picked up 800,000.
  • ‘s coverage of the 40th NAACP Image Awards (1.4/4) drew in 4.2 million.
  • * (2.4 million, 0.9/3) was off by 1.5 million.

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Last night, ABC wasted a Grey’s/Private Practice crossover special on a competition-free evening. CBS’ repeat-filled slate allowed the Alphabet network to win in the both the viewers and the demos.

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Samantha Who?: When Samantha finally makes its return on March 26, the series will be adding a little bit of crazy. Angie Harmon (Women’s Murder Club) will play Gigi, Winston Funk’s insane ex-wife. As we previously announced, Billy Zane will replace Timothy Olyphant as Christina Applegate’s former beau.

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William Petersen’s departure from CSI brought the show’s numbers back to Earth. As a result, the Alphabet network had the best demos of the evening. Unfortunately, ABC’s lucky streak probably won’t last long. We’re now just weeks away from the premiere of Survivor: Tocantins.

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  • Approximately 10 million (2.9/8 in 18-49) welcomed to its new Thursday time slot.
  • * (2.2/6) pulled in 8.6 million.
  • (2.4/7) turned in 7.5 million.
  • (6.5 million, 2.6/8) was down 600,000; (2.2/6) registered 4.9 million.
  • (3.8 million, 1.6/4) was off 500,000.

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After weeks of buildup, William Petersen finally made his grand exit last night. The farewell episode attracted CSI’s largest audience since 2007’s premiere and gave CBS an easy double win.

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  • An early * (3.1/8 in 18-49) got 13.7 million warmed up.
  • A block (one original, one repeat) averaged 6.6 million (2.4/6).
  • Back-to-back * episodes averaged in 5.7 million (1.8/5).
  • * (1.6/4) dished up 4.1 million.
  • (4.3 million, 1.8/5) had its best audience since November.

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