Original 'Grey's,' 'CSI' duke it out Thursday


NEW YORK -- ABC and CBS returned to originals Thursday night in its 9 p.m. slugfest, with "Grey's Anatomy" taking the adults 18-49 demographic and "CSI" winning in viewership.

"Grey's Anatomy" was tops in adults 18-49 with 17.6 million viewers and a 7.1 rating/17 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. "CSI" (18.6. million, 5.4/13) won in viewership, both shows not only for the hour but the entire night.

ABC's Barbara Walters special -- which included an interview with radio host Don Imus -- won in the demo at 10 p.m. with 11.7 million viewers and a 4.6/12 over CBS' "Without a Trace" (12.7 million, 3.2/8) and NBC's "ER" (8.1 million, 3.1/8).

CBS won at 8 p.m. in both measures thanks to "Survivor: China" (14 million, 4.5/12). "Ugly Betty" (9.3 million, 2.8/8) came out in the hour slightly behind "My Name Is Earl" (7.4 million, 3.0/9) but not "30 Rock" (5.8 million, 2.7/7). Fox came in fourth place with "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (8.7 million, 2.3/6).

ABC (12.9 million, 4.8/13) won in adults 18-49 against CBS (15.1 million, 4.4/11); NBC (6.5 million, 2.8/7); Fox (7.7 million, 2.2/6); and the CW (2.4 million, 0.9/2).