ABC wins slow Thursday

CBS is second with 'Survivor'

The Thursday night ratings slowdown continues.
 
The performance drops that alarmed the industry the first night of May sweeps were again evident this week, with many key shows flat or even falling a little further. Notably, the market penetration of digital video recorders clicked another point to hit 24% this week (compared to 15% last year).
 
Overall, ABC won the night among adults 18 to 49 (averaging 11.4 million viewers, 4.4 adults 18-to-49 rating and a 12 share) while CBS took the total viewers crown (14.4 million, 4.1/11).
 
In the second week back to originals, ABC’s “Ugly Betty” (7.9 million, 2..4/7) was on par with last week’s series low while “Grey’s Anatomy” (15.1 million, 6.0/15) dropped 8% to create a new series low. At 10 p..m., “Lost” (11.1 million, 4.8/13) was down 9% from its time period premiere last week. In the demo, “Grey’s” and “Lost” won their respective hours.
 
Coming in second, CBS’ “Survivor” (12.5 million, 4..0/12) won 8 p.m., followed by “CSI” (17.8 million, 5.0/13) and a flat “Without a Trace” (12.9 million, 3.3/9).
 
In third, NBC’s 8 p.m. comedies rebounded a bit this week, with “My Name Is Earl” (6.8 million, 2.8/9) up 17% and “Scrubs” up 16% (5.9 million, 2.9/8) to finish second in their time periods. At 9 p.m., “The Office” (7.7 million, 3.9/10) was a season low, followed by “30 Rock” (5.4 million, 2.6/7). At 10 p.m., “ER” (7.7 million, 3.0/8) matched last week’s series low.
 
Fourth-place Fox aired “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (8.3 million, 2.2/7) and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” (7.3 million, 2.5/6).
 
The CW had the 150th episode of “Smallville” (3.6 million, 1.5/5) and “Supernatural” (2.5 million, 1.0/3).
 
 

 
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