CBS dominates Thursday with all originals


NEW YORK -- CBS won Thursday night with all originals as ABC's heavy-hitter "Grey's Anatomy" was in repeat while "October Road" lost its time period in viewers and adults 18-49 but won in younger and female demographics.

"CSI" was the night's top show with 22.5 million viewers and a 7.1 rating/19 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary data released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. It was a rare win this season for "CSI" since "Grey's Anatomy" originals normally beat it at 9 p.m.

"October Road" (8.3 million, 3.5/10) was down significantly in viewers and adults 18-49 compared to last week's 11.5 million and 4.6/13. "Road" didn't have a new "Grey's" as a lead-in, which hurt it greatly and it retained better than 80% of its lead-in (9.4 million, 3.6/10). But ABC saw reason for hope as it won 10 p.m. in adults 18-34 as well as women 18-34 and women 18-49, albeit against "Shark" (14.8 million, 4.3/12) and NBC's "The Office" marathon.

"Shark" overwhelmingly won 10 p.m. in key audience measures for CBS; "Survivor" (13.7 million, 4.4/13) did the same at 8 p.m. against "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (10.4 million, 3.6/11) although "Fifth Grader" was the winner in both adults 18-34 and teens. "Fifth Grader" also increased its audience and demo rating significantly from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

NBC's wall-to-wall "Office" marathon was broken up by 9:30 p.m.'s "Andy Barker, PI" (4.2 million, 2.1/5), which lost audience from its 9 p.m. "Office" (4.8 million, 1.9/5) but was up slightly in adults 18-49.

Nightly averages: ABC (8.4 million, 3.2/9); CBS (17 million, 5.3/15); NBC (4.7 million, 2.3/7); Fox (7.5 million, 2.8/8); and The CW (2.5 million, 1.0/3).