ABC, CBS close on Thursday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC and CBS were running neck and neck for the Thursday primetime ratings lead among young adults this week, with “Grey’s Anatomy” helping the Alphabet prevail easily among women and “CSI” lifting the Eye to victory in male demos.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS kicked off the night a winner with “Survivor: Cook Islands” (5.4 rating/15 share in adults 18-49, 15.7 million viewers overall) topping ABC’s solid “Ugly Betty” (4.2/12 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall), with both shows down slightly week to week. NBC was also competitive with “My Name Is Earl” (3.9/12 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) and “The Office” (4.1/11 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall).

The 9 o’clock drama battle again went to ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.3/22 in 18-49, 22.8 million viewers overall) over CBS’ “CSI” (7.5/18 in 18-49, 21.6 million viewers overall), with both up a tad vs. last week. NBC was a distant third with “Deal or No Deal” (3.1/7 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall).

At 10, NBC’s “ER” (5.9/16 in 18-49, 14.4 million viewers overall) held steady, topping both “Shark” on CBS (4.0/11 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) and “Six Degrees” on ABC (3.7/10 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall). While “Shark” has held steady in recent weeks, and was up slightly in key demos vs. the prior week, “Six” appears to have hit another low in its fourth week.

Fox affils averaged a 2.4 rating/6 share and 8 million viewers overall from 8 to 11 for coverage of the net’s baseball playoff action between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. Numbers are expected to rise a bit in the nationals.

At the CW, both “Smallville” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) were up week to week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.7/15; CBS, 5.6/15; NBC, 4.3/11; Fox, 2.4/6; CW, 1.9/5.

In total viewers: CBS, 17.2 million; ABC, 15.2 million; NBC, 11.3 million; Fox, 8.0 million; CW, 3.8 million.

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