ABC remains strong on Thursday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC captured the third Thursday of the new season among young adults thanks to “Grey’s Anatomy” and a good week-two showing by “Ugly Betty.” CBS remained on top in total viewers behind vets “CSI” and “Survivor.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.2 rating/23 share in adults 18-49, 22.5 mil-lion viewers overall) was again the night’s top show in demos, and this time also moved ahead of “CSI” (7.2/18 in 18-49, 21.2 million viewers overall) in total viewers. NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” was a distant third in the hour (3.2/8 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall).

“Survivor: Cook Islands” kicked off the night a winner for CBS (5.6/16 in 18-49, 15.8 million viewers overall), with the Alphabet’s “Ugly Betty” (4.4/13 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall) a solid second and down a modest 12% from its big bow of a week earlier. NBC’s block of “My Name Is Earl” (4.0/12 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) and “The Office” (4.1/11 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) seemed to take advantage of Fox benching its sit-coms for baseball, rising week to week and winning the hour in 18-34 (3.9/12).

NBC’s “ER” ruled the 10 o’clock hour (6.0/16 in 18-49, 14.6 million viewers overall), while rookie rivals “Six De-grees” on ABC (3.9/10 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) and “Shark” on CBS (3.8/10 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) continue to fumble away big chunks of their respective lead-ins.

Fox’s coverage of the New York Mets-Los Angeles Dodgers postseason baseball game should come in with about a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and nearly 7 million viewers overall.

The CW was down from its premieres but remained a good alternative for younger viewers with “Smallville” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall). Combo aver-aged a 2.1/6 in adults 18-34.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.8/15; CBS, 5.5/15; NBC, 4.4/12; Fox, 1.8/5; CW, 1.8/5.

In total viewers: CBS, 16.9 million; ABC, 15.4 million; NBC, 11.3 million; Fox, 5.8 million; CW, 4.0 million.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety