'Anatomy' season finale wins Thurs. for ABC


NEW YORK -- ABC ran away with Thursday night's primetime with the hour-and-a-quarter long "Grey's Anatomy" season finale while Bob Barker reigned again as a king of primetime in winning his time period in viewership.

Because of the irregular running time of "Grey's Anatomy," it wasn't clear how well the show did. Between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. it averaged 21.5 million viewers and an 8.6 rating/22 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. The last 15 minutes of "Grey's" and the first 15 minutes of a "Lost" clip show, both between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., averaged 18.1 million viewers.

That put "Grey's" comfortably ahead of "CSI" (20.2 million, 6.1/16) in adults 18-49 although it was much closer in viewership. The hourlong season finale of "Scrubs" (5.2 million, 2.7/7) got lost in the shuffle.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by ABC, thanks to the 15 minutes of "Grey's" although the season finale of "ER" (9.4 million, 3.6/10) was beaten by a repeat "CSI" (13.4 million, 4.0/11) and the "Lost" clip show averaged 8.5 million viewers and a 3.4/10 in the demo between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

NBC's "The Office" (7.9 million, 3.8/12) won the hour in adults 18-49 ahead of ABC's "Ugly Betty" (10.4 million, 3.5/11) but it was "The Bob Barker Special" (14.3 million, 3.1/10) that overwhelmingly won in viewership at 8 p.m.

Fox averaged 3.8 million viewers and a 1.4/4 in the demo for "The Day After Tomorrow," edged out in adults 18-49 by The CW's "Smallville" (4 million, 1.8/6) and "Supernatural" (2.7 million, 1.2/3).

For the night, ABC (15.1 million, 5.8/16) led the way in adults 18-49 while CBS (16 million, 4.4/12) did in viewership. Far behind were NBC (7.5 million, 3.4/9); Fox (3.8 million, 1.4/4) and The CW (3.4 million, 1.5/4).