‘Grey’s’ looks great in bow

Morning Ratings Flash

The series premiere of medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” produced strong ratings coming out of megasmash “Desperate Housewives” on Sunday, powering ABC to an easy victory on the night.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Grey’s Anatomy” (7.2 rating/18 share in adults 18-49, 16.3 million viewers overall) dominated the 10 o’clock hour with ABC’s best series score in the slot since an episode of “The Practice” in September 2001. “Grey’s” fell off a bit in its second half-hour, but that’s typical for a 10 o’clock series airing behind a monster hit like “Desperate Housewives,” whose first original episode in five weeks crushed the competish (10.7/24 in adults 18-49, 24 million viewers overall).

ABC also rolled at usual at 8 with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (6.5/16 in adults 18-49, 16.2 million viewers overall).

Elsewhere, CBS dominated early in the evening with a roughly 75-minute primetime overrun for college basketball. Reliable numbers aren’t available for the Eye’s programs, as “60 Minutes,” “Cold Case” and movie “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas” all started more than an hour late.

NBC was paced by “Crossing Jordan” (3.7/9 in adults 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (3.7/8 in adults 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall). At 8, “The Contender” (3.2/8 in adults 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) was down slightly week-to-week but continues to improve the timeslot for the Peacock.

Fox, a distant fourth place on the night, was paced by a repeat of “The Simpsons” (3/8 in adults 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary adults 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 6.7/17; CBS, 4.3/11; NBC, 3/8; Fox, 2.2/6; WB, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 16.5 million; CBS, 15.3 million; NBC, 8.3 million; Fox, 4.6 million; WB, 2.1 million.

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