Ratings for "ER" have been down in recent seasons, but you sure wouldn't know it to look at the numbers drawn by NBC's three-hour "ER" finale event on Thursday night.
NBC won the night with ease in all key measures, as "ER" even topped a new "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
Among adults 18-49, NBC did a 5.2 rating, comfortably ahead of the 3.3 rating for CBS and FOX's 2.9 rating. The CW finished fourth in the key demographic with a 1.6 rating, topping the 1.4 rating for ABC. [Ouch for ABC.]
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 14.34 million primetime viewers to go with a 9.2 rating/15 share. CBS was second with a 7.4/12, followed well back by the 4.9/8 for FOX. ABC's 3.1/5 and the 2.2/3 for The CW followed.
An hour-long "ER" retrospective won the 8 p.m. hour for NBC with a 7.0/11, topping the 6.6/11 for CBS' "Survivor: Tocantins," though "Survivor" carried the hour in the 18-49 demo. FOX was third with a 5.6/9 for "Bones."
On ABC, "In the Motherhood" and "Samantha Who?" were down from last week, putting them in line with ABC's Wednesday comedies. The CW's "Smallville" had a 2.3/4 for fifth.
NBC won 9 p.m. with the first hour of the "ER" finale, which had a 9.6/15. CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was a close second with a 9.0/14. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" took third, beating the 3.4/5 for a "Grey's Anatomy" repeat on ABC. The CW's "Supernatural" had a 2.0/3.
At 10 p.m. "ER" improved to an 11.1/19. CBS' new "Eleventh Hour" was second with a 6.8/11. A "Private Practice" repeat on ABC 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.