'Anatomy' edges out 'CSI' on Thurs.


NEW YORK -- After several weeks losing out to "Grey's Anatomy" at 9 p.m., CBS mainstay "CSI" came close to tying it in viewership in Thursday's primetime.

"Grey's Anatomy" was still the most popular show on television, allowing ABC to notch a win in the adults 18-49 demographic while CBS took the victory in viewership. "Grey's" returned from a one-week break to 21 million viewers and a 9.0 rating/21 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. That compared to 22 million viewers and a 9.6/23 in adults 18-49 in its last original episode two weeks ago. Meanwhile, "CSI" (20.5 million, 6.9/16) was about even from last week.

Univision had a great night in the ratings with the telecast of the Latin Grammys from New York City. The three-hour telecast averaged 5.5 million viewers and a 2.6/6 in the demo.

Fox got awful numbers for the season premiere of "The OC" (3.4 million, 1.5/3). It was down 55% from the 7.5 million who watched last year's premiere on Sept. 8 and down 55% from its adults 18-49 premiere of a 3.3/10. It was down 41% from its 2005-06 season average of 5.7 million viewers and the 2.6/7 in the demo. NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (13.1 million, 4.6/11) was up compared to last week.

After its clip show losing to "Ugly Betty" last week, "Survivor: Cook Islands" (15.5 million, 5.5/14) regained supremacy at 8 p.m. giving a win in both measures to CBS. "Ugly Betty" (13.7 million, 4.4/11) came in second place for the hour, although it jumped 2 million viewers between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. NBC's "My Name Is Earl" (9.6 million, 4.1/11) and "The Office" (8.9 million, 4.2/10) were up compared to their last original episodes two weeks ago. Fox's sitcoms "Til Death" (4.3 million, 1.7/5) and "Happy Hour: (3.2 million, 1.4/3) were beaten in the hour by The CW's "Smallville" (4.9 million, 2.1/5).

The 10 p.m. hour went again to "ER," which kicked off a month of new episodes with 13.8 million viewers and a 5.6/15. That was about even with the last original episode, two weeks ago. "Shark" averaged 13.2 million viewers and a 3.7/10, down from two weeks ago when it averaged 13.7 million viewers and a 4.2/11. ABC's "Six Degrees" (7.6 million, 3.2/9) dropped from its last original episode of 8.4 million and a 3.5/9.

Nightly averages: ABC (14.1 million, 5.6/14); CBS (16.4 million, 5.3/13); NBC (12 million, 4.8/12); Fox (3.6 million, 1.5/4); and The CW (4.1 million, 1.8/4).