'Grey's' wins Thurs. for ABC; 'Armed' misfires


NEW YORK -- "Grey's Anatomy" returned with a bang Thursday while CBS's "Armed & Famous" misfired in its second night and NBC came in a surprising second place with the highest ratings all season for both "The Office" and "My Name Is Earl."

This week it was "CSI" that was in repeat, allowing an original "Grey's Anatomy" to romp to the top of broadcast primetime. "Grey's" averaged 22.9 million viewers and a 9.3 rating/22 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to data released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. "CSI," by contrast, averaged 11.9 million viewers and a 3.4/8.

But it was NBC, usually relegated to a somewhat bit player between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursdays these days, that capitalized beginning at 8 p.m. with "My Name Is Earl" (10.9 million, 4.7/13) and "The Office" (10.2 million, 5.0/13) that won the hour in adults 18-49. Both shows had season highs.

After a weak ratings performance last week, "Ugly Betty" (13.4 million, 4.4/12) was back to normal. But "Armed & Famous" (7.8 million, 2.7/7) didn't recover from its disappointing debut Wednesday and actually fell further.

NBC's "Scrubs" (7.8 million, 4.0/10) tied its highest rating so far this season but it didn't do much for 30 Rock" (6.1 million, 2.9/7). Fox's "The OC" (3.8 million, 1.7/4) continued to disappoint only slightly ahead of The CW's "Supernatural" (3.2 million, 1.4/3).

"ER" (12.1 million, 5.0/13) took the 10 p.m. hour in both measures against a repeat "Shark" (10.2 million, 2.8/8) and a new "Men in Trees" (10.2 million, 3.6/9).

Nightly averages: ABC (15.5 million, 5.7/16); CBS (10 million, 3.0/8); NBC (9.8 million, 4.4/11); Fox (4.1 million, 1.8/5); and The CW (3.9 million, 1.7/4).