Fast National ratings for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.

Facing repeats on CBS and drawing extra viewers with the possibility of a "Grey's Anatomy"/"Private Practice" crossover, ABC won Thursday night comfortably.

Among adults 18-49, ABC did a 4.5 rating, topping the 3.3 rating for FOX in the key demographic. NBC was a distant third with a 2.9 rating, while CBS' 2.2 rating and the 1.5 rating for The CW trailed.

Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 11.82 million viewers and a 7.7 rating/12 share. CBS and FOX tied for second with a 5.6/9, though FOX had the advantage in total viewers. NBC was fourth with a 4.3/7, while The CW's 2.2/3 was good for third.

FOX started the night in first with a robust 6.7/11 for "Bones." ABC's "Ugly Betty" was a distant second with a 5.0/8. CBS' repeats of "Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met You Mother" topped the 3.5/6 averaged by "My Name Is Earl" and "Kath & Kim" on NBC. The CW's "Smallville" had a 2.4/4.

At 9 p.m. ABC moved into first with a 9.8/15 for "Grey's Anatomy." CBS' repeat of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was second. NBC was third with "The Office" (5.2/8) and "30 Rock" (4.1/6), while "Hell's Kitchen"  will to a 4.5/7 in its second week. The CW's "Supernatural" had a 2.1/3.

Because of the crossover, "Private Practice" gave ABC an 8.4/14 in the 10 p.m. hour. CBS' "Eleventh Hour" was second with a 5.5/9. NBC's "E.R." trailed.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.