TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' beats hoops Thursday
NCAA tournament ratings up a bit over last year
Ratings for the opening night of the NCAA basketball tournament improved some over last year's tipoff, but ABC grabbed the night's biggest audience.
ABC averaged a 7.3 rating/12 share in primetime to snare the top spot. CBS came in second with a 5.9/10, which will change some because of the live sports broadcast. FOX, 5.4/9, finished third, beating out the 4.8/8 for NBC. The CW earned a 2.0/3.
CBS tied ABC for the lead among adults 18-49 at 3.5. FOX, 3.1, and NBC, 3.0, were not far behind. The CW trailed with a 1.3.
"Bones" put FOX on top at 8 p.m. with a 6.3/11. CBS' NCAA tourney coverage finished a close second at 6.1/10 (and led among adults 18-49). "Ugly Betty" drew a 5.2/9 for ABC. "My Name Is Earl" and an "Office" rerun put NBC in fourth, while "Smallville" scored a 2.1/3 for The CW.
ABC took over at 9 with "Grey's Anatomy," the night's most-watched show at 9.7/15. CBS improved to 6.4/10 with March Madness. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen," 4.6/7, finished in a virtual tie for third with NBC's "The Office," 4.9/8, and "30 Rock," 4.3/7. "Supernatural" held steady for The CW.
"Private Practice," 7.0/12, kept ABC on top at 10 p.m. "ER" drew a 6.2/10 for NBC, while CBS' college basketball dipped some to 5.2/9.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.
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