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ABC wins a close Thursday night

'Grey's' wins demo but `CSI' nabs total viewers

In the week following William Petersen’s departure from “CSI,” nearly 7 million people who had watched the crime procedural a week ago before turned away from the skein Thursday night, according preliminary Nielsen estimates. ABC took advantage of the transition as the Alphabet won the night with “Grey’s Anatomy” serving as the highest rated show in the 18-49 demo.

In a fairly competitive night, ABC defeated CBS, which narrowly edged NBC. Fox finished fourth with two hours of “Bones.”

The first hour of “Bones” (2.9 rating/8 share in the 18-49 demo, 9.9 million viewers) did well for Fox, taking first place over new episodes of “Ugly Betty” (2.4/7, 7.5 million viewers) and NBC sitcoms “My Name Is Earl” (2.6/8, 6.5 million viewers) and “Kath & Kim” (2.2/6, 4.8 million viewers). CBS repeated an installment of “NCIS” (2.2/6 8.6 million viewers) at 8 o’clock.

Even though “CSI” shedded 7 million viewers, not all returned to network TV. “Grey’s” (5.6/14, 14.2 million viewers) only picked up about a million viewers. “CSI” (4.9/12) with Laurence Fishburne now aboard, was still the evening’s most-watched with 17.5 million viewers. At NBC, “The Office” (4.6/11, 8.7 million viewers) and “30 Rock” (3.2/8, 6.4 million viewers) saw a slight tick up in viewership and remain relatively steady in the 18-49 demo.

Fox tried to draw disgruntled “CSI” viewers with a second new episode of “Bones” (2.5/6, 7.5 million viewers), which was an improvement from last week’s “Kitchen Nightmares.”

At 10 p.m., ABC’s “Private Practice” (3.6/10, 9.6 million viewers) saw greater total viewers of more than a million from a week ago and hit season highs in total viewers and in the 18-49 demo. The Eye’s “Eleventh Hour” (2.9/8, 9.6 million viewers) which was picked up for five additional episodes a few weeks ago, came in third in the demo behind “ER” (3.1/8, 7.6 million viewers), finishing out its last season on NBC.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.9/10; CBS, 3.3/9; NBC, 3.1/8; Fox, 2.7/7; Univision, 1.7/5; CW, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.8 million; ABC, 10.4 million; Fox, 8.7 million; NBC, 6.9 million; Univision, 4.4 million; CW, 3.4 million.

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