'Grey's' puts ABC on top Thurs.


NEW YORK -- With CBS putting up a "CSI" repeat, ABC and "Grey's Anatomy" ran away with Thursday's primetime.

The network won both key measures with "Grey's" plus a competitive "Ugly Betty" and OK numbers for the debut of "Men In Trees" in its 10 p.m. time period. CBS won at 8 p.m. with "Survivor" while NBC took 10 p.m. with "ER" and saw an about-average debut for "Scrubs" followed by a lackluster showing for "30 Rock."

"Grey's Anatomy" was the night's top show in key measures, with Nielsen Media Research estimating that the medical drama averaged 24.3 million viewers and a 9.6 rating/23 share in adults 18-49. That was way up compared to "Grey's" last several showings, including 18.5 million for last week's Thanksgiving episode and 20.9 million for the week before that.

It was due in part to a repeat "CSI," which still brought in 15.9 million viewers and a 5.0/12 in the de mo. The rest of the fare at 9 p.m. didn't offer much competition, including the return of "Scrubs" (8.4 million, 3.9/9) and "30 Rock" (6.5 million, 3.0/7) plus Fox's "The OC" (3.6 million, 1.6/4).

NBC had good news Thursday night, from improvements for all four of its sitcoms. "Scrubs" was up a tenth of a point from its premiere last season at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, while "30 Rock" was up over its debut in its new time period last month. "My Name Is Earl" (10 million, 4.3/12) and "The Office (9.7 million, 4.6/11) achieved their highest demo ratings this season. "ER" (13.9 million, 6.0/16) easily won at 10 p.m. against a repeat "Shark" (10.3 million, 2.8/7) and "Men In Trees" (11.8 million, 4.0/10).

"Survivor: Cook Islands" (15.5 million, 5.3/14) easily won at 8 p.m. against "Ugly Betty" (13.3 million, 4.1/11) and two episodes of Fox's "Till Death" (4.8 million, 2.0/5). The CW had repeats for both "Smallville" and "Supernatural."

Nightly averages: ABC (16.5 million, 5.9/15); CBS (13.9 million, 4.4/11); NBC (10.4 million, 4.7/12); Fox (4.2 million, 1.8/4); and The CW (2.9 million, 1.1/3).