'Anatomy' carries ABC to Thurs. win


NEW YORK -- "Grey's Anatomy" and its highest demo rating since its September premiere carried ABC to a primetime win Thursday even as the premiere of "Survivor" came out ahead of ABC's "Ugly Betty" and NBC's sitcoms at 8 p.m.

"Grey's Anatomy" was the night's top show in both key measures, well ahead of CBS stalwart "CSI" while "Survivor" was tops at 8 p.m. and "ER" the demo winner at 10 p.m., according to preliminary data released Friday by Nielsen Media Research.

"Grey's Anatomy" averaged 24.9 million viewers and a 10.7 rating/25 share in adults 18-49; it was its highest rating in the demo since its premiere in September. That came in ahead of "CSI" (22.3 million, 6.8/16) at 9 p.m.

"Survivor" won at 8 p.m. with 15.9 million viewers and a 5.8/15; it was the lowest premiere ever for a "Survivor" and down 17% from last year's "Survivor: Panama" and down 11% from "Survivor: Island" in the fall. "Ugly Betty" (14.3 million, 4.7/12) wasn't any slouch either, riding high after its Golden Globes and SAG wins. It remained even with its demo performance last week, which was the highest rating since it premiered in September.

Both "My Name Is Earl" (9.6 million, 4.2/11) and "The Office" (8.8 million, 4.4/11) were down from last week's high points. "Scrubs" (6.2 million, 3.1/7) and "30 Rock" (5.1 million, 2.5/6) were both down week to week.

The 10 p.m. hour went to "ER" (11.5 million, 4.8/13) in the demo and CBS' "Shark" (14.6 million, 4.1/11) in viewers. ABC's "Men In Trees" averaged 10.9 million viewers and a 4.1/11 in the demo during the time period due to runover from "Grey's Anatomy."

Fox saw lower ratings week-to-week for "Til Death" (5 million, 2.0/5) but slightly higher but still low for "The War at Home" (4.4 million, 1.9/5). "The OC" (3.6 million, 1.6/4) was even in the demo compared to a week ago.

Nightly averages: ABC (16.7 million, 6.5/16); CBS (17.8 million, 5.6/14); NBC (8.8 million, 4.0/10); Fox (4.1 million, 1.8/4); and The CW (3.7 million, 1.5/4).