Awards boost 'Betty,' 'Anatomy' ratings

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NEW YORK -- Wins at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards helped lift ABC's "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy" to their highest ratings since both dramas bowed in September.

ABC overwhelmingly won the night although CBS did respectable with new episodes of "CSI" and "Shark" and NBC saw another week of success with both "My Name Is Earl" and especially "The Office" although "ER" was down slightly from its fall average.

ABC started the night with a win in viewers at 8 p.m. with "Ugly Betty," (14 million, 4.7/12) although it lost in the demo at 8 p.m. against "My Name Is Earl" (10.6 million, 4.5/12) and just edged out "The Office" ( 10.1 million, 5.0/12). It was the second-highest measures of the season for "Earl" and was the highest demo rating for "The Office" since Jan. 12, 2006. NBC has double-digit increases in demo during the time period compared to the same period a year ago. It was also the highest adults 18-34 ratings ever for "The Office." CBS put in a repeat "CSI" ( 12.2 million, 3.4/9).

CBS came roaring back at 9 p.m. with a new "CSI" (21.3 million, 6.8/16) but it wasn't anywhere near enough to topple "Grey's Anatomy" (23.9 million, 10.2/23), which also had its highest ratings since the September premiere. It was also down 28% compared to "CSI" a year ago. NBC's "Scrubs" ( 6.9 million, 3.4/8) was up 17% compared to its last original episode on Jan. 18 with an Iraq-war themed episode. NBC's "30 Rock" (5.6 million, 2.9/7) was about average.

The ratings pendulum swung away from ABC after 10 p.m., where CBS' "Shark" (14.1 million, 3.9/10) won in viewers and NBC's "ER" (11.8 million, 5.1/13) won in the demo. "Men In Trees" (10.6 million, 3.9/10) benefited from a spillover of "Grey's Anatomy" so it's likely to be lower when the final ratings come in.

Both Fox and The CW weren't any factors although "Til Death" (5.4 million, 2.3/6) saw a slight improvement

Nightly averages: ABC (16.2 million, 6.3/16); CBS (15.8 million, 4.7/12); NBC (9.5 million, 4.3/11); Fox (4.4 million, 1.8/4); and The CW (4.1 million, 1.7/4).
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