It may look like April outside, but on your TV it's May Sweeps, which was good news for CBS and ABC on Thursday.
Overall, CBS averaged a 9.9 rating/16 share to win the night, beating ABC's 8.6/14. FOX was a distant third with a 4.7/8, followed closely by NBC's 4.6/8. The CW trailed with a 2.4/4.
Among adults 18-49, though, ABC averaged a 5.2 rating and captured the key demographic. CBS wasn't far off, though, with a 4.8 rating. NBC moved up to third with a 3.2 rating and FOX dropped to fourth with a 2.8 rating. The CW stayed fifth with a 1.4 rating.
CBS kicked the evening off in first with an 8.1/11 for "Survivor: Fiji." ABC's drooping "Ugly Betty" had a 6.7/11 (and finished fourth in the key demo." FOX was third with "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," which had no trouble beating the 4.7/8 averaged by NBC's "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office," though the NBC comedies actually finished second among adults 18-49. The CW trailed with the 2.6/4 for "Smallville."
At 9 p.m., ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" claimed the hour with a 12.9/20, beating CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which did a 12.1/19. FOX's "Trading Spouses" was a distant third, while NBC's "30 Rock" season finale (3.1/5) and "Scrubs" (3.0/5) were fourth. The CW finished fifth with "Supernatural."
CBS grabbed first again at 10 p.m. with the 9.3/16 for "Shark." Although it squandered most of its lead-in, ABC's "October Road" finale had a 6.3/11 and narrowly edged NBC's "E.R."