CBS, 'CSI' decisively capture Thurs.


NEW YORK -- CBS romped through Thursday's primetime landscape with "CSI" returning to the top of the ratings heap with "Grey's Anatomy" taking a week off.

"CSI" was the night's top show in viewership and adults 18-49. "CSI" averaged 23.7 million viewers and a 7.9 rating/19 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. Its rival, "Grey's Anatomy," averaged 10.5 million viewers and a 4.0/10.

CBS won the 8 p.m. hour with "Survivor" (16.6 million, 5.5/15), which crushed a repeat "Ugly Betty" (8.7 million, 2.7/7). "My Name Is Earl" (10.1 million, 4.3/12) reached a high point for this season, which helped "Scrubs" (8.4 million, 4.1/10) and "30 Rock" (6.8 million, 3.2/8).

"ER" (11.9 million, 5.4/15) was down but it was still enough to in the demo beat both "Shark" (14.7 million, 4.3/12) and ABC's "Men in Trees" (8.4 million, 2.7/7).

Fox averaged 4.8 million viewers and a 1.8/5 in the demo for an original and repeat episode of "Til Death" while "Smallville" averaged 4.5 million viewers and a 1.8/5. "The OC" averaged 4.6 million viewers and a 1.9/5; "Supernatural" delivered 3.2 million viewers and a 1.3/3.

Nightly averages: ABC (9.2 million, 3.1/8); CBS (18.3 million, 5.9/15); NBC (9.9 million, 4.4/12); Fox (4.7 million, 1.9/5); and The CW (3.8 million, 1.5/4).