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.

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