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ABC wins Thursday but dramas dip

'Betty,' 'Grey's' worst-ever in 18-49 demo

ABC won a competitive Thursday night but all three of the Alphabet’s hourlong shows fell from last week. CBS was second and NBC third, both slightly improved from its performances a week ago.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Grey’s Anatomy” (6.0 rating/15 share, 15.1 million viewers overall) was the top show of the night. However, it was the worst 18-49 performance of a new “Grey’s” episode in the four seasons of the medical drama.

CBS won the 8 o’clock hour as “Survivor” (4.0/12, 12.5 million viewers overall) handily defeated “Ugly Betty” (2.4/7, 7.9 million viewers overall), which also suffered its worst 18-49 delivery in the history of the show and down 35% from a year ago during May sweeps. Showing 17% improvement in the demo from a week ago, NBC’s “My Name Is Earl” (2.8/9, 6.7 million viewers overall) was second in the half-hour behind “Survivor.”

At 8:30, NBC’s “Scrubs” (2.9/8, 5.9 million viewers overall) was the second in the demo for the half-hour and improved 16% from a week ago.

“CSI” (5.0/13, 17.7 million viewers overall) was the most-watched show of the night, about 2.5 million more than “Grey’s Anatomy,” though Grey’s had the higher demo returns. For the 9 o’clock half-hour, NBC’s “The Office” (3.9/10, 7.6 million viewers overall) was third behind “Grey’s” and “CSI” and was on par with last week’s results, as was “30 Rock” (2.6/7, 5.4 million viewers overall) at 9:30.

ABC’s “Lost” (4.8/13, 11.1 million viewers overall) won the 10 o’clock timeslot, but was down 9% in the demo from a week ago. Second place “Without a Trace” 3.3/9, 12.8 million viewers overall) and NBC’s long-running “ER” (3.0/8, 7.7 million viewers overall) were similar to last week’s performances.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.4/12; CBS, 4.1/11; NBC, 3.0/8; Fox, 2.3/6; Univision, 1.7/ 5; CW, 1.3/3.

In total viewers, CBS, 14.3 million; ABC, 11.3 million; Fox, 7.8 million; NBC, 6.8 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 3.0 million.