Return of Chief commands low ratings

Commander in Chief wasn't able to muster the troops in its return to prime time Thursday.

The ABC drama, which stars Geena Davis as the nation's first female president, averaged 8.2 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary ratings data from Nielsen Media Research.

In its new 10 p.m. slot, Commander was defeated handily by CBS's Without a Trace (18.6 million, 5.7/16). It had a couple million more viewers than a repeat of NBC's ER (6 million, 2.6/7), but the repeat did better in the demo.

Thursday night belonged to CBS, which averaged prime-time delivery of 19.2 million viewers and a 6.1/18 in the demo. The night's top show was CSI, which averaged 23.9 million viewers and a 7.5/21 in the demo. At 8 p.m., Survivor was the winner with 15 million viewers and a 5.1/17 in adults 18-49.

No one else was even close, with ABC averaging 7.2 million viewers and a 2.5/7, with Commander and a two-hour American Inventor (6.8 million, 2.5/8).

NBC's two hours of sitcom reruns and ER brought in a mere 6 million viewers, but did slightly better than ABC in the demo with a 2.6/8. The 9 p.m. My Name is Earl was the sitcom highlight with 7 million viewers and a 3.1/9 in the demo, while The Office sank to 5.4 million viewers and a 2.6/7.

Fox was barely in the race with an average 3.8 million viewers and 1.8/5 with an original That '70s Show and The Loop plus The O.C. A Chris Rock-directed Everybody Hates Chris was UPN's highlight with 3 million viewers and a 1.2/4.

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