'Grey's' pulse is weaker but still beats all

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Led by the return of "Grey's Anatomy," ABC's full drama lineup resumed its Thursday run and ruled the opening of the May sweep despite some distressing viewership drops for the network and its competitors.

"Grey's" (16 million viewers, 6.3 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and a 16 share) continued the trend of post-strike serialized dramas returning to lower-than-average results. The medical drama and its lead-in, "Ugly Betty" (8.5 million, 2.5/8), both had their lowest first-run rating ever. "Grey's" nonetheless was the highest-rated scripted telecast since an episode of "House" aired in February.

Moved to 10 p.m., "Lost" (12.4 million, 5.5/14) benefited from its best lead-in this season and remained on par with previous performances. (partialdiff)
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