CBS, ABC Split First Night of May Sweeps

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 26, 2007.

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."

  • 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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