Ratings: 'Grey's' is gold, 'Survivor' survives

For a Thursday devoid of a new installment of CBS’s CSI (which premieres Oct. 9), it’s no surprise that ABC’s powerhouse Grey’s Anatomy dominated the ratings last night. According to overnight data, the sudsy hospital drama garnered 18.3 million viewers in its two-hour premiere, easily topping last season’s average of 14.4 million. That’s down 12 percent from last fall’s 20.9 million premiere, but with DVR usage increasing so much, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Grey’s will get a huge bump in viewership once those numbers are out.

Thursday also saw the two-hour launch of CBS’s Survivor: Gabon, which nabbed 12.9 million viewers,  down slightly from last fall’s average and premiere. Ho-hum premieres (read: no ratings breakouts…yet!) were the story of the night. Other season debuts included: ABC’s Ugly Betty (9.8 million), which gained more than a million viewers in its second half hour; two debut episodes of NBC’s My Name is Earl (6.1 and 6.7 million), which also grew; and an hour-long episode of NBC’s The Office (9.2 million), which almost matched the 9.7 million who tuned in for last year’s premiere. Like many other shows premiering yesterday evening, The Office debut greatly improved over its 2007-08 seasonal average of 7.2 million, but season premieres are typically inflated because of a surge of interest early in the season. Plus, last season was affected by the writers’ strike, which caused viewers to tune out, making last year’s averages slightly lower than they probably would have been otherwise.

Since The CW premiered their Thursday night early, we were treated to second episodes. Smallville snagged a decent 4.1 million viewers, only down 200,000 from last week. Supernatural, on the other hand, was down to 3.2 million viewers — a steep 20 percent decline from last week‘s rather surprising debut of 4 million viewers.

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Aubry D’Arminio’s recap of the season premiere of The Office

Jennifer Armstrong’s recap of the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy

Dalton Ross’ recap of the season premiere of Survivor: Gabon

Ugly Betty: Last night’s best quotes

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 4’s best and worst

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  • V

    I don’t know where else to post this, but last night’s ER premiere was unbelievable. I was SOBBING. Not since Mark Greene died has there been a more touching episode. I’ll miss this show.

  • Alex

    I expect Greys next ep to see a big fall – it will be up against new CSI, & people will tune out after that crap episode last night.

  • tk

    V – I thought that was the SADDEST.E.R.EVER……I hated that they wheeled Greg around like that, I loved him on there….now, I am sad again..

  • Zachary Reisfeld

    WHAT ABOUT ER?!?!!!

  • DH

    I saw both the Grey’s and ER premieres. Grey’s was decent, but it didn’t warrant 2 hours. ER won hands down. I suppose they can go a little farther since it’s the beginning of the end, but that’s going to be the case all season. Get used to it! Kudos to ER!

  • Janice

    ER all the way. I was crying so hard when they killed Greg off. I am going to miss this show have watched it with all the ups and down since day one. If this episode is any indication of the coming season I am going to need to buy a case of Kleenex.

  • Shiny

    I have not watched Grey’s for 4 years and I never wanted to until they said two little words: Kevin McKidd. I may have to watch the show online so that I can fast forward through the emo crap and get straight to the McKidd scenes.

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