A night full of premieres clinched a victory for CBS on Friday, garnering the network a 5.3 rating/10 share for the night in households. ABC was a distant second with a 3.4/6, while FOX and NBC tied for third with a 3.3/6 each. The CW finished last with a 1.1/2.
Among 18 to 49-year-olds, CBS was also tops with a 2.2/7. ABC came in second with a 1.5/5. FOX and NBC again tied for third with a 1.4/4, while The CW brought up the rear with a .7/2.
The season premiere of "Ghost Whisperer" started the night for CBS with a 6.0/11 for the eight o'clock hour. "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" put FOX in second with a 3.8/7, while the season premiere of ABC's "Wife Swap," 2.5/5, edged out NBC's "America's Toughest Jobs" for third place. The season premieres of "Eveybody Hates Chris" and "The Game" averaged a 1.3/3 for The CW.
At 9 p.m., the series premiere of " The Ex List" dipped CBS to a 4.7/8 for the hour. NBC rose to second place on the back of "Deal or No Deal" while ABC held on to third with the season premiere of "Supernanny," 2.9/5. FOX slipped to fourth place with "Don't Forget the Lyrics," 2.8/5, and The CW aired an encore of this weeks " America's Next Top Model."
The season premiere of "Numb3rs" gained back some of CBS' audience at 10 p.m. with a 5.3/10. ABC finished the night in second place with "20/20" and NBC's " Life" dipped to a 3.6/7 in its regular Friday night home.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.