'Grey's' wins in 18-49, total viewers

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NEW YORK -- "Grey's Anatomy" outdueled "CSI" on Thursday for a usual win in adults 18-49 but a rare though razor-thin win in viewership at 9 p.m.

"Grey's" averaged 18.76 million viewers and a 7.8 rating/18 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. That compares to a new episode of "CSI" (18.74 million, 5.6/13), which was right behind it in viewership if not in adults 18-49. It was the lowest-rated episode of "CSI" so far this season.

ABC narrowly defeated CBS for the night in adults 18-49 while it wasn't even close in viewership. Every other network was further behind.

The 8 p.m. hour went to "Survivor: China" (14.3 million, 4.8/13), which easily defeated ABC's "Ugly Betty" (9.9 million, 3.4/9) as well as an hourlong episode of NBC's "My Name Is Earl" (7.3 million, 3.1/9). The first of two hours of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (8.4 million, 2.5/7) came in fourth place in the demo.

Elsewhere at 9 p.m., "The Office" (8.4 million, 4.5/11) was about at its season average as was "Scrubs" (6.8 million, 3.7/9).

The Big Three were all bunched up in adults 18-49 at 10 p.m., though it's likely because "Grey's" ran late, giving "Big Shots" (9 million, 3.8/10) a boost. CBS' "Without a Trace" (14.6 million, 3.9/11) was first in both measures, while "ER" (9.1 million, 3.8/10) was right behind.

ABC (12.5 million, 5.0/13) won in adults 18-49 over CBS (15.9 million, 4.8/12); NBC (8 million, 3.7/9); Fox (8.5 million, 2.5/6); and the CW (3.8 million, 1.5/4).
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