Thursday's ratings brought few surprises, with CBS once again rolling to a relatively easy victory. ABC is likely encouraged, though, that "Grey's Anatomy" fans seem to be following the show to its new home.
CBS earned a 6.6 rating/11 share in primetime to finish well ahead of ABC's 5.0/9. FOX took third with a 4.4/8 (its numbers may change some as it aired live sports). NBC, 3.0/5, finished fourth, and The WB (1.6/3) beat UPN (1.3/2) for fifth.
The Eye also led in the adults 18-49 demographic, drawing a 3.1 rating. ABC, 2.4, edged FOX, 2.3, for second. NBC was fourth with a 1.9. The WB averaged 1.0 and UPN 0.8.
"Big Brother: All-Stars" scored a 5.3/9 to put CBS in the lead at 8 p.m. The first of two "Grey's Anatomy" reruns earned a 4.7/8 for ABC. FOX got a 4.1/7 from its broadcast of a preseason NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. "My Name Is Earl," 3.7/7, and "The Office," 2.8/5, were fourth for NBC. A "Smallville" repeat on The WB topped UPN's "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Love, Inc."
CBS increased its lead at 9 p.m. with "CSI," 7.5/12, the night's most-watched show. Hour two of "Grey's Anatomy" improved to 5.6/9 for ABC. The NFL game on FOX posted a 4.6/8 for the hour, while two more episodes of "The Office" averaged 2.7/5 for NBC. "Supernatural" kept The WB in front of UPN, which went with two episodes of "Eve."
At 10 p.m., CBS' "Without a Trace" posted a 7.0/12. FOX's NFL coverage and ABC's "Primetime" tied for second at 4.6/8. "Windfall" trailed with a 2.9/5 for NBC.