Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

The 75-minute season finale of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” dominated the ratings picture on the final Thursday of the season, but CBS drama “CSI” held up well and also put up good numbers. ABC won the night in all key demos, while the Eye eked ahead in total viewers, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

“Grey’s Anatomy” was expected to come in with roughly a 9.1 rating/23 share in adults 18-49 and 22.5 million viewers overall for its 9-10:15 p.m. finale, with the show likely topping a 10 demo rating in the closing 15 minutes. This puts it down a bit in rating but up in share vs. its special two-hour Monday conclusion of a year ago.

Also for ABC, the first-season finale of “Ugly Betty” (3.5/11 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) ran a solid second in the 8 o’clock hour, up vs. its recent average. And closing out the night, a special “Lost” clip show should come in with about a 3.7/11 in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers overall from 10:15 to 11.

At CBS, a special commemorating Bob Barker’s 50 years on television produced solid numbers in the opening hour (3.1/10 in 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall), placing third in 18-49 and first in 25-54 and total viewers. That was followed by “CSI” (6.1/16 in 18-49, 20.2 million viewers overall), which was a strong second in the 9 o’clock hour; crime drama was down more than 20% vs. its finale of a year ago, when it was NBC’s “Will & Grace” finale that was its primary competition.

NBC won Thursday’s opening hour in 18-49 and younger categories with the hourlong season finale of “The Office” (3.8/12 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) but ran third the rest of the night with the hourlong season-enders of “Scrubs” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and “ER” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall); latter was down more than 40% vs. a year ago, when it had the “Will & Grace” lead-in and didn’t have to contend with “Grey’s Anatomy” in its opening half-hour.

Fox punted on the night with the network premiere of theatrical “Day After Tomorrow” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Net was beaten in the night’s opening hour by the season finale of CW’s “Smallville” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.8/16; CBS, 4.4/12; NBC, 3.4/9; Univision, 1.8/5; Fox, 1.5/5; CW, 1.5/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 16.0 million; ABC, 15.1 million; NBC, 7.5 million; Fox, 4.1 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 3.4 million.

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