'The Office' scores another high rating


NBC's "The Office" topped the Thursday night ratings as the comedy's heavy-hitter competitors aired repeats.

Pulling one of its highest ratings of the season, "The Office" (9.8 million viewers, 4.9 preliminary adults 18 to 49 rating and a 13 share) matched its return to original episodes last week while "Scrubs" grew slightly (7.3 million, 3.7/10) given the decreased competition. "ER" was on par (7.7 million, 3.1/9).

In NBC's 8 p.m. hour, "My Name Is Earl" (6.8 million, 2.6/9) and "30 Rock" (6.4 million, 2.8/8) were down slightly despite competing against an "American Idol" results show last week.

In second place, CBS' aired another season-low "Survivor" (12.1 million, 3.8/12) and repeats.

Fox had "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" (9.2 million, 2.6/8) and "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (9.5 million, 3.2/9).

Fourth-place ABC had repeats and the season finale of "Eli Stone" (6.1 million, 2.0/6), which was up 11% from last week but finished in last place for the 10 p.m. hour.

The CW aired "Smallville" (3.5 million, 1.4/4) and a repeat.