ABC Feels No Pain with 'Grey's Anatomy' Finale

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Fast National ratings for Monday, May 15, 2006

The two-hour season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" carried ABC to a ratings win Monday, turning in big numbers despite some pretty strong competition.

ABC averaged an impressive 11.4 rating/17 share for the night, which began with the Big Four networks covering a live speech by President Bush (as such, their ratings may change some in the final nationals). NBC finished second with an 8.4/13, and CBS was third at 7.6/11. FOX took fourth with a 6.2/9. UPN, 1.9/3, edged The WB, 1.8/3, for fifth.

The "Grey's" finale also powered ABC to a 7.5 rating among adults 18-49, easily the best of the night. NBC was second in the ad-friendly demographic with a 4.3, with FOX close behind at 4.1. CBS grabbed fourth with a 3.8. UPN averaged 1.2 and The WB 1.1.

NBC won the 8 p.m. hour, averaging 8.8/14 with its coverage of Bush's address and "Deal or No Deal." ABC took second with its Bush coverage and an abbreviated repeat of Sunday's "Grey's" episode, scoring a 5.9/9. The speech and the season finale of "Prison Break" posted a 5.5/8 for FOX, just beating the president, "The King of Queens" and the start of "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS. A repeat of "7th Heaven" on The WB tied for fifth with UPN's "One on One" and "All of Us."

ABC took over at 9 p.m. with the first half of the two-hour "Grey's Anatomy" finale, which scored a 13.2/19. Another hour of "Deal or No Deal," 10.9/15, was second for NBC. The conclusion of "Prison Break" and "24" averaged 7.7/11 for FOX, beating the 6.9/10 CBS got from the conclusion of "How I Met Your Mother," "Two and a Half Men" and the start of "Old Christine." UPN averaged 1.8/3 with "Girlfriends" and "Half & Half," beating "Everwood" on The WB.

"Grey's Anatomy" improved to 15.0/23 at 10 p.m. "Old Christine" and "CSI: Miami" combined for a 10.5/16 on CBS, and "The Apprentice" posted a 5.6/8 for NBC. The end of "24" and local programming on FOX averaged 6.9/10 from 10 to 10:30.

  • 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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