Thursday ratings: Grey's Anatomy rules, Office gets best numbers ever
The first big Thursday ratings battle was won by Grey's Anatomy, but CBS won overall for the night with their lineup of Survivor: China and the season premieres of CSI and Without A Trace.
ABC was a close second, even though Ugly Betty was down 20% from it's premiere last season. After Betty, the network had the season premiere of Grey's and the series premiere of Big Shots. Grey's was down 20% from last season too, but still won the time slot. Big Shots won the 10pm race, though it lost viewers halfway through to Without A Trace and and ER.
That season premiere of ER, along with the season premieres of My Name Is Earl and The Office (both one-hour episodes) got NBC into third place. The Office numbers were the show's best in the 18-49 demographic and the best numbers for NBC at 9pm in quite some time. FOX was fourth with new eps of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Don't Forget The Lyrics. The CW was fourth with the season premiere of Smallville a repeat of Reaper.
Tonights' ratings battle features ghosts and vampires vs. wrestlers and Tom Selleck.