10-01-2004, 08:07 PM
The first presidential debate took center stage on Thursday night, preempting the networks' normal programming. However, before the debate, both NBC and CBS stuck with new episodes of their regular shows during the 8:00 hour. Joey was unable to stop the audience losses in its fourth week, hitting a new low again with a 9.0 rating and a 15 share, down from last week's 9.6/16. When the final numbers are released, they are likely to show the episode with just 14 million viewers, well below the least-watched new Friends episode of all time. Survivor: Vanuatu, Islands of Fire continued its undefeated streak, as shown by the preliminary ratings.