A two-hour "Dateline" and the time-period premiere of "Medical Investigation" gave NBC a comfortable ratings win Friday.
NBC averaged a 7.1 rating/13 share for the night, beating ABC, 5.5/10, by a fairly wide margin (ABC's numbers, for live college football, reflect time period only and are likely to change). CBS was third at 4.4/8, and The WB managed to grab fourth with a 2.1/4. FOX's 1.7/3 was good for fifth, beating UPN's 1.0/2.
"Dateline," 6.1/11, gave NBC the lead at 8 p.m. ABC's coverage of the Florida State-Miami football game earned a 5.4/10. CBS was third with a "Joan of Arcadia" rerun, 3.6/7. "The Complex: Malibu" was fourth for FOX. Reruns of "What I Like About You" and "Grounded for Life" on The WB were a couple of tenths back in fifth. UPN trailed with "Star Trek: Enterprise," 1.0/2.
At 9 p.m., "Dateline" improved to a 7.8/14 with the story of Aron Ralston, the hiker who cut off his own arm to save his life last year. ABC remained in second with a 5.0/9 for its football game. "JAG" posted a 4.3/8 for CBS. Two episodes of "Reba" averaged 2.4/4 for The WB, moving it past FOX and "The Next Great Champ." UPN went with an "Amish in the City" repeat.
NBC capped its night with "Medical Investigation," 7.5/13, at 10 p.m. ABC's football game averaged 5.9/11, while a "CSI" rerun on CBS came in at 5.3/10