'CSI' leads CBS to Thursday win again

CBS towered over the competition again Thursday with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation leading the charge as usual. NBC had a good night with ER, which pulled it out in the stretch to narrowly top CBS' Without a Trace in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. CBS opened the night far atop the playing field with Survivor: Guatemala, which reeled in 19 million viewers and 6.3 rating/17 share in adults 18-49. NBC's Joey (8.1 million, 3.2/9) had an uptick in the hour, as did 8:30 p.m.'s Will & Grace (8.9 million, 3.8/10). Fox was in more lackluster territory with The O.C. (6.1 million, 2.7/7), which was almost beaten by WB Network's Smallville (5.8 million, 2.5/7). UPN was solid at 8 p.m. with Everybody Hates Chris (5.3 million, 2.0/6), but the rest of the network's comedy block has had a hard time holding that momentum, particularly 8:30 p.m.'s Love, Inc. (3.7 million, 1.5/4).

'Desperate Houswives' Star Fired

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Desperate Housewives star Page Kennedy has been fired from the hit drama for "improper conduct". Kennedy, who plays fugitive Caleb in the second series of the ABC show, was dropped on Friday after the studio conducted an investigation into allegations against him. Publicist Janet Daily refused to divulge details of the allegations. Kennedy had hoped the show would give him the opportunity of "making a name" for himself and claimed he turned down roles on television programs Barbershop, Pepper Dennis and Love, Inc. to star in the series. Television bosses are recasting the role. Kennedy's final scenes will be aired in the US on Sunday.

Fox ready for Winter with talent deal

Fox ready for Winter with talent deal
Days of Our Lives actor Eric Winter has inked a one-year talent holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Winter is best known for his three-year role as Rex Brady on NBC's daytime drama, but his credits also include UPN's comedy series Love, Inc., CBS' procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and WB Network's drama Just Legal. Sharon Klein, senior vp talent and casting at 20th Century Fox TV, said one reason Winter is so appealing is that he has the talent to do both comedy and drama.

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