CBS and ABC Set Thursday Pace
Big numbers for a Bob Barker special and 'Grey's Anatomy' finale
The final Thursday of this May sweeps stayed true to form -- more viewers watched CBS, but ABC hooked the demographic viewers advertisers crave.
Overall, CBS averaged a 10.3 rating/17 share, nipping the 9.9/16 for ABC. Both networks doubled the 4.8/8 for third place NBC, which was far ahead of FOX's 2.6/4 and the 2.1/3 for The CW.
ABC won big among adults 18-49, though, doing a 5.8 rating in the all-important demo. CBS was second with a 4.4 rating and NBC's 3.4 rating was also respectable. The CW took fourth with a 1.5 rating and FOX's 1.4 rating trailed.
CBS started off in first with the 9.4/16 for a primetime tribute to the retiring Bob Barker. ABC's "Ugly Betty" was second with a 7.0/12. NBC's "The Office" had a 4.8/8, though the NBC comedy won the demo for the hour. FOX was fourth with the start of the film "The Day After Tomorrow," just in front of the 2.3/4 for "Smallville" on The CW.
ABC moved into first at 9 p.m. with the 14.0/22 for "Grey's Anatomy," which had no problems topping the 12.5/20 for CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." NBC's "Scrubs" finale had a 3.3/5 for the hour, better than the 2.6/4 for FOX's movie and The CW's "Supernatural."
CBS Won the 10 p.m. hour with another episode of "CSI," which did a 9.0/15, better than the 8.7/15 for the last 15 minutes of "Greys" and a "Lost" clip show. NBC's "E.R." trailed.
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