Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 7, 2009
CBS just barely won the night in the ratings race overall, but the biggest number of the night went to ABC's 100th episode " Grey's Anatomy." Otherwise, the TV landscape looked the same as usual ratings-wise.
CBS averaged a 7.6 rating/13 share in primetime, just edging past ABC's 7.4/13. FOX came in third with a 4.7/8. NBC, 3.8/6, finished fourth, and The CW trailed with a 1.9/3.
The adults 18-49 demo crown went to ABC, which scored a 3.5 rating. CBS took second at 3.2. FOX had a 2.5, just ahead of NBC's 2.4, and The CW earned a 1.3.
" Survivor: Tocantins" kicked off the night for CBS in first place for 8 p.m. with a 7.0/12, while FOX's "Bones" had its usual strong showing with a 5.5/10. "Ugly Betty" drew a 4.9/9 for ABC, handily beating the 3.0/5 average for NBC's comedy double shot "My Name Is Earl" and "Parks and Recreation." The CW's "Smallville" came in last.
The 9 o'clock hour was a slightly different story with ABC pushing ahead with 10.2/16 for "Grey's Anatomy" and earning a hefty 5.3 in the adult demo. CBS' "CSI" grabbed a 9.1/14, while NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock" hour averaged a 4.2/7 for third. Following was FOX's " Hell's Kitchen," 3.9/6, and The CW's " Supernatural," 1.8/3.
ABC continued to do well at 10 p.m. with the Michael J. Fox special, "Adventures of an Incurable Optimist," 7.1/12, beating CBS' "CSI" repeat, 6.6/11. NBC ended the night with "Southland's" 4.4/8 for the hour.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
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