CBS, ABC Share Thursday Spoils
New 'Grey's,' 'CSI' send 'Apprentice' tumbling
A final shot of pre-strike programming invigorated Thursday's ratings, with CBS and ABC each claiming a share of the lead.
CBS won the overall title with an 8.8 rating/14 share in primetime. ABC finished second at 7.7/12. FOX and NBC tied for third at 5.2/8, with FOX holding a slight edge in total viewers (8.39 million to NBC's 8.01 million). The CW was well off the pace at 1.3/2.
ABC snagged the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 4.2 rating. CBS, 3.5, took second in the key demographic, followed by NBC at 3.3. FOX averaged 2.6 and The CW 0.8.
"Ugly Betty," 6.7/11, put ABC on top among households at 8 p.m., although FOX's "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (6.2/10) brought in more viewers. A "CSI: NY" repeat CBS on CBS was third. "My Name Is Earl," 4.8/8, and "30 Rock," 3.8/6, came in fourth for NBC, while a "Smallville" rerun on The CW drew a 1.6/2.
At 9 p.m., a new "CSI," 11.2/17, drew the most viewers even though ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," 11.6/17, had a slightly better household rating. "The Celebrity Apprentice" scored a 5.2/8 for NBC, down significantly from its premiere last week. FOX dropped to fourth with "Don't Forget the Lyrics," 4.2/6. A "Supernatural" rerun wrapped up The CW's night.
CBS stayed on top at 10 p.m. as "Without a Trace" earned a 9.2/15. NBC's "ER" posted a 6.1/10 to beat out "Big Shots," 4.7/8, on ABC.
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