'Anatomy' Helps ABC to Thursday Split

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006.

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" took a 3-to-1 lead in its head-to-head battle with CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," but CBS still captured the overall Thursday title.

CBS averaged a 10.6 rating/17 share overall, pulling in 17.16 million viewers, beating ABC's 10.1/16 and 15.25 million. NBC was well back in third with a 7.1/11, followed by FOX's 5.5/9. The CW was fifth with a 2.3/4.

Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 5.7 rating, narrowly claiming the key demographic, edging the 5.6 rating for CBS. NBC was a solid third with a 4.3 rating, while FOX's 2.4 rating and the 1.9 rating for The CW trailed.

At 8 p.m., CBS' "Survivor" delivered a somewhat soft 9.4 rating, but still held off ABC's "Ugly Betty," which had a 9.3/15 (nearly two million viewers more watched the CBS reality show). NBC's "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" averaged a 5.7/9 between them for third, well ahead of the start of the Cardinals and Mets on FOX. The CW's "Smallville" had a 2.9/5 for fifth.

ABC grabbed a lead at 9 p.m. with the 14.6/22 for "Grey's Anatomy," topping the 13.3/20 for "CSI," while the viewership margin was roughly 1.25 million. "NBC's "Deal or No Deal" was third, as FOX's baseball coverage improved to a 5.6/8. The CW's "Supernatural" dipped slightly from its lead-in.

NBC claimed the 10 p.m. hour with the 9.3/15 for "E.R.," which only barely beat "Shark" on CBS. ABC's "Six Degrees" again lost a sizeable portion of its lead-in, doing a 6.3/10.

  • 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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