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'Road' Smooth for ABC Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 15, 2007

The premiere of "October Road" drew pretty strong ratings behind "Grey's Anatomy" Thursday, helping ABC to a ratings win.

ABC averaged a 10.6 rating/17 share for the night, easily beating the 6.2/10 for CBS (whose numbers may change some, as the network aired live sports coverage all night). FOX, 5.4/9, came in third, topping NBC's 5.0/8. The CW drew a 2.5/4.

Among adults 18-49, ABC's 6.0 rating led the way. CBS and FOX tied for second at 3.5, leaving NBC in fourth with a 2.7. The CW averaged 1.7.

"Ugly Betty," 7.4/12, put ABC on top at 8 p.m. in households, but FOX's "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?" (7.3/12) had more viewers, performing fairly well without help from "American Idol." CBS' coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament's opening night was third at 6.2/10. An hour of "Office" reruns, with some new footage added, earned a 4.2/7 for NBC. The CW trailed with "Smallville."

ABC took sole possession of first at 9 p.m. as "Grey's Anatomy" scored a 14.6/23, the night's best rating. CBS improved to 6.9/11 with its hoops coverage. NBC moved up to third with "Scrubs," 4.1/7, and the premiere of "Andy Barker, P.I.," 3.7/6. FOX went with two repeats of "Family Guy," while "Supernatural" posted a 2.3/4 for The CW.

At 10 p.m., "October Road" delivered a 9.7/16 for ABC, easily the best retention for the show following "Grey's" this season. NBC got a 6.7/12 from the premiere of "Raines," while CBS' NCAA games fell to 5.4/9.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.
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