ABC wins night despite drop in 'Grey's' ratings

CBS wins in total viewers

NEW YORK -- Broadcast TV's ratings hangover continued Thursday night, with heavyweights "Grey's Anatomy" matching an all-time ratings low for an original in adults 18-49 and "CSI" coming close but not matching its all-time low.

Nielsen Media Research's preliminary estimates released earlier Friday presented a darker picture, with lows for both shows, although the revised numbers released later in the day brightened a bit.

But that's not to say that it was completely cheery.

"Grey's Anatomy" (15.5 million, 6.1 rating/15 share) matched its Thursday record low in the demo. "CSI" (18.1 million, 4.9/12) was two-tenths of a rating point ahead of its record low for an original. Coming behind them in the hour was the season finale of "The Office" (8.2 million, 4.2/10) as well as Fox's "Don't Forget The Lyrics" (6.6 million, 2.3/6).

"Lost" (11 million, 4.9/13) matched last week's low. CBS's "Without a Trace" (14.5 million, 3.6/10) wasn't affected by the ratings dip of "CSI." NBC's "ER" season finale (8.4 million, 3.3/9) was also about even.

NBC won the 8 p.m. hour with the season finale of "My Name is Earl" (7.2 million, 3.0/9), while ABC's "Ugly Betty" (8.5 million, 2.7/8) won in viewership just barely over Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (8.4 million, 2.2/7). A repeat "CSI" (7.6 million, 1.7/5) came in tied in the demo with The CW's "Smallville" (3.8 million, 1.7/5).

For the night, ABC (11.7 million, 4.6/12) won in adults 18-49 and CBS (13.4 million, 3.4/9) won in viewership over NBC (7.9 million, 3.5/9), Fox (7.5 million, 2.3/6) and The CW (3.4 million, 1.5/4).
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