In an amusing twist, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" crossed over on Thursday night, but it was the low-rated "Private Practice" that actually managed to win its hour. Meanwhile, CBS still controlled the first two primetime hours overall.
ABC won Thursday night in the key 18-49 demographic with a 4.6 rating, topping the 4.0 rating for CBS. NBC was third with a 3.1 rating, while FOX's 1.4 rating and the 0.9 rating for The CW followed.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 14.2 million viewers and an 8.6/14 to carry the night. ABC was second with a 7.9/13. NBC was well back with a 4.4/7. FOX was fourth with a 2.6/4 and The CW's 1.4/2 trailed.
CBS started the night off in first with an 8.1/13 for the premiere of "Survivor: Tocantins." ABC's "Ugly Betty" was second with a 4.9/8. NBC's "My Name Is Earl" and "Kath & Kim" was third, beating the 2.5/4 for FOX's NAACP Image Awards telecast and the 1.5/2 for a "Smallville" repeat on The CW.
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" did a 10.8/17 for CBS in the 9 p.m. hour. "Grey's Anatomy" was second for ABC with a 9.7/15 (and won the hour in the 18-49 demo). NBC's "The Office" (5.3/8) and "30 Rock" (4.6/7) followed. FOX's NAACP Image Awards and "Supernatural" on The CW trailed.
"Private Practice" got a huge crossover bump, doing a 9.1/15 for ABC in the 10 p.m. hour. CBS' "Eleventh Hour" was second with a 7.0/12 and 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.
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