'Viva' flat, but CBS running strong


NEW YORK -- The premiere of "Viva Laughlin" failed to carry a tune, but CBS still managed to come within a tenth of a point of tying ABC for the lead in the adults 18-49 demographic.

The Hugh Jackman-Lloyd Owen musical drama, which follows a fictional Nevada casino, had the best lead-in on television in "CSI." But "Viva Laughlin" (8.8 million, 2.4/7) came in third place at 10 p.m. against a veteran "ER" (10 million, 4.0/11) as well as ABC's freshman "Big Shots" (8.3 million, 3.3/9), neither heavy hitters by any measure.

"Grey's Anatomy" (17.7 million, 7.1/17) won in adults 18-49 against "CSI" (20.8 million, 6.4/16) at 9 p.m. "Grey's" was down 10% week-to-week while "CSI" rose 5%. "The Office" (8.5 million, 4.4/11) dropped 6% from last week.

Fox's coverage of Game 5 of the Boston Red Sox-Cleveland Indians AL championship series averaged 11.6 million viewers and a 3.3/8 in adults 18-49, though the ratings are likely to be adjusted later Friday.

The 8 p.m. hour was won by "Survivor: China" (13.4 million, 4.3/13), which was down 6%, while "Ugly Betty" (9.7 million, 3.1/9) fell 11% and both "My Name Is Earl" (7.2 million, 2.7/8) and "30 Rock" (6.3 million, 2.6/7) were down.

For primetime, ABC (11.9 million, 4.5/12) narrowly won in adults 18-49 against CBS (14.5 million, 4.4/12); NBC (8.4 million, 3.7/10); Fox (11.6 million, 3.3/8); and the CW (4.1 million, 1.6/4).