CBS goes 3 for 3 Thurs. with night of originals


NEW YORK -- CBS continued its winning ways with its originals winning all three hours in primetime Thursday without a new "Grey's Anatomy" on ABC, while "ER" hit series lows for originals in viewers and adults 18-49.

Meanwhile, ABC premiered "Notes From the Underbelly," which tied for second place in the adults 18-49 demographic at 10 p.m. despite having only a "Grey's" clip show as a lead-in.

"CSI" was the night's top show in the key measures, with Nielsen Media Research estimating 21.9 million viewers and a 6.6 rating/17 share in adults 18-49. It outpaced the usual winner, "Grey's" (12.6 million, 5.0/13). CBS won 8 p.m. with "Survivor" (14.1 million, 4.4/13) against an "Ugly Betty" clip show (8.1 million, 2.4/7) and Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (9.8 million, 3.4/10).

The network won in both measures at 10 p.m. with "Shark" (14.7 million, 4.0/11), though the margin in viewership was overwhelming yet not as wide in the demo. Both the return of "ER" (9.1 million, 3.7/10) and the premiere of "Underbelly" (8.4 million, 3.7/10), weren't far behind in adults 18-49. But it was the first time "Shark" had ever beaten "ER" in adults 18-49. It was not only the lowest-ever ratings for "ER" in viewers and adults 18-49, but it was also the first time the veteran drama didn't bring in at least 10 million viewers and more than a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC ran two hours of new comedies from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., including "My Name Is Earl" (6.9 million, 3.1/10), "The Office" (7.7 million, 4.1/11), "30 Rock" (5.2 million, 2.6/7) and "Scrubs" (5 million, 2.7/7).

Nightly averages: CBS (16.9 million, 5.0/14); ABC (9.7 million, 3.7/10); NBC (7.2 million, 3.3/9); Fox (6.6 million, 2.6/7); and the CW (1.7 million, 0.7/2).