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College football season ended yesterday with a bang. The BCS game on FOX easily gave the network a double win last night. Meanwhile, Private Practice‘s official Thursday debut did well for ABC. The medical drama even bested that other medical drama on NBC.

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  • Approximately 26.8 million watched Florida beat Oklahoma in ‘s BCS game.
  • * (2.0/5 in 18-49) nailed down 8.5 million.
  • (7.5 million, 2.4/6) was down 900,000 from its last new episode.
  • (5.5 million, 2.0/6) was off by 17%; (4.2 million, 1.7/4) lost 22%.
  • (0.9/2) turned in 2.3 million.

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Let’s face it - there really wasn’t much going on yesterday. (And there probably won’t be for a while.) Despite several repeats, CBS still managed to top the competition in both the viewers and the dmeos.

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A string of repeats on ABC - and a debut from Laurence Fishburne - only made CBS’ job a little bit easier last night. The Eye network took wins in both the viewers and the demos yesterday.

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Despite little assistance from it’s lead-in, Grey’s Anatomy saw its best numbers since the season premiere. Unfortunately, the series couldn’t keep CBS from taking its fourth Thursday in a row.

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Viewers in the mood to reminisce returned to ER last night. The appearance of Anthony Edwards gave a nice boost to the closing series - and network - yesterday. Unfortunately, the ratings bump wasn’t enough to overtake CBS in either the viewers or demos this Thursday.

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Improved numbers for the network’s lineup - including an impressive demo performance from Grey’s - just wasn’t enough for ABC. For the fifth straight time, CBS was Thursday’s highest-rated network.

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Politics has been kind to ratings-starved shows lately. On Wednesday, Pushing Daisies received a nice bump thanks to Obama’s primetime ad. Now 30 Rock has Tina Fey’s recent popularity to thank. Last night, the NBC comedy saw its highest numbers ever. But a minor ratings boost wasn’t enough to help NBC. By night’s end, CBS was still on top in both the viewers and the demos.

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Apparently a World Series just isn’t a World Series if the two teams aren’t names people care about. Although the numbers weren’t horrible, the ratings for Game 2 fell behind several Thursday programs. By night’s end, CBS was on top again in both categories.

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  • (13.4 million, 4.4/12 in 18-49) picked up 500,000.
  • Approximately 12.8 million watched Game 2 of the (8.1/13).
  • Lindsay Lohan helped (8.7 million, 2.8/8) round up 500,000 more.
  • (6.3 million, 2.4/7) was down 200,000; (5 million, 2.2/6) fell by 1 million.
  • (4.2 million, 1.7/5) was up slightly.

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Despite having the best debut for any new drama last week, ABC saw no Life on Mars yesterday. The freshman series dropped 27% in the demos and placed third in its hour. Meanwhile, Eleventh Hour actually showed improvement and helped CBS maintain its dominance over Thursdays.

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Despite lower numbers for Grey’s and Ugly Betty, Life on Mars’ premiere saw nice numbers yesterday. Meanwhile, CBS - with the help of CSI - scored wins with both the viewers and demos last night.

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  • (13.3 million, 4.3/12 in 18-49) had a 500,000 bump.
  • (8.5 million, 2.6/7) was down slightly.
  • (7.1 million, 2.7/8) was up a notch; ‘s debut (3.2/9) pulled in 7.5 million.
  • Approximately 6.5 million watched the Phillies beat the Dodgers during Game 1 of the NLCS (2.1/5) on .
  • (4.1 million, 1.6/4) did about the same.

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