Fast National ratings for Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.
With CBS in a pre-Sweeps repeat cycle, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" delivered a strong bounceback ratings and helped carry the network to Thursday night ratings wins in most measures.
Among adults 18-49, ABC had a 4.0 rating, topping the 3.3 rating for FOX and CBS' 3.0 rating in the key demographic. NBC was fourth with a 2.4 rating, leaving The CW in fifth with a 0.8 rating.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 11.49 million viewers to go with a 7.5 rating/12 share, nipping the 7.1/12 for CBS. FOX's 6.4/10 was a close third. NBC was a distant fourth with a 3.7/6. The CW's 1.4/2 trailed.
In the 8 p.m. hour, a heavily hyped episode of CBS' "Survivor: Samoa" got the expected bump, delivering a 7.7/12 and a 4.0 demo rating, both easily the best of the season. FOX was second with its coverage of the Angels-Yankees playoff game. ABC's "FlashForward" had an interesting week. On one hand, the serialized drama did a 6.2/10, solidly up from last week, but the series also had a 3.0 rating in the demo, down from last week and third for the hour. NBC's "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" had a 3.3/5 for fourth. The CW's repeat of "The Vampire Diaries" had a 1.5/2 for fifth.
"Grey's Anatomy" took control at 9 p.m. with a 9.6/15 and a 5.2 rating in the demo, both improved over last week. It helps that CBS had "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" in a repeat, doing a 6.4/10. FOX's baseball coverage was close behind with a 6.3/10. NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock" averaged a 4.5/7, with a 3.7 demo rating, good for second, with both comedies coming in higher than last week. The CW's "Supernatural" repeat was fifth.
A CBS repeat of "The Mentalist" won the 10 p.m. hour overall with a 7.3/12. ABC's "Private Practice" was second overall with a 6.7/11, but won the hour in the 18-49 demo. NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" was third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.
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.