Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' scores its biggest audience in weeks

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CBS’ CSI is still the No. 1 show on Thursday, but ABC has something to smile about: Last night, Grey’s Anatomy scored its biggest audience since its season premiere, according to overnight data. The Ghost of Denny helped the drama nab 15.7 million viewers (up 6 percent from last week). Meanwhile, the Alphabet’s Ugly Betty, second place in the 8 p.m. hour, held steady with its 8.3 million viewers. And Life on Mars…okay, it finished third in its 10 p.m. time slot with 8 million viewers and lost nearly half of its Grey‘s audience, but its fan base was also steady week-to-week. (Spin, baby, spin.)

Like CSI, whose 18.4 million viewers was down from last week’s 19 million, the rest of CBS’ lineup also saw a dip. Survivor: Gabon‘s was slight: Its 12.6 mil was down 2 percent from its last episode (though the reality show still took the 8 p.m. title by more than 4 million pairs of eyes). Freshman drama Eleventh Hour claimed the 10 p.m. crown with 10.7 million viewers, but it was down 8 percent week-to-week.

As for NBC, ER remained its top-rated Thursday show with 9.1 million viewers — good enough for second place in the 10 p.m. slot — but that was down 8 percent from last week’s Anthony-Edwards-returns! episode. The remainder of the Peacock’s night was a bit like a seesaw: My Name Is Earl went down (6.8 mil at 8 p.m.), Kath & Kim (5.5 mil at 8:30 p.m.) and The Office (8.4 mil at 9 p.m) went up, and 30 Rock went down (7.3 mil at 9:30 p.m.).

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Over at Fox, the two-hour Kitchen Nightmares block was
cookin’ — on low heat. Its 8 p.m. hour (4.7 mil) was status quo with
last week’s, but its 9 p.m. hour (4.2 mil) cooled off by about 14
percent in comparison.

Finally, we get to The CW, which, if these preliminary numbers hold up, scored nicely with Smallville (4.8 mil) and Supernatural
(4 mil). We use the caveat because last week’s fast ratings, 4.4 mil
and 3.9 mil, dropped to 3.6 mil and 2.9 mil, respectively, when Nielsen
released its final numbers.

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Over at Fox, the two-hour Kitchen Nightmares block wascookin’ — on low heat. Its 8 p.m. hour (4.7 mil) was status quo withlast week’s, but its 9 p.m. hour (4.2 mil) cooled off by about 14percent in comparison.

Finally, we get to The CW, which, if these preliminary numbers hold up, scored nicely with Smallville (4.8 mil) and Supernatural(4 mil). We use the caveat because last week’s fast ratings, 4.4 miland 3.9 mil, dropped to 3.6 mil and 2.9 mil, respectively, when Nielsenreleased its final numbers.

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  • Gretchen

    Ugh, just what we need – ABC peeps thinking this Dead Denny story line is a good thing! Boo on the ratings….

  • Dee

    I’ll keep watching the world’s number one and most watched show…aka CSI.

  • wojo

    There’s a reason CSI is number one in the ratings. Its the best show on TV! Let’s deal with reality, not this silly ghost crap.

  • T.T

    wow glad to see people tuned in to watch kristen kruek return to smallville :D

  • probie123

    This HAS to be a train wreck effect. There is no way people are watching this for quality. I’ll admit I watched it JUST because I wanted to see how she was going to pull off doing the nasty with the ghost. The previews teased us because all we got were sound effects. If ABC was reading the blogs and ignoring the ratings, they would see what a disaster this really is. I hope the powers of be realize that this won’t last!!! It truly is a train wreck/car wreck effect – people will stop and look even though they don’t want to see. People are watching this show to see if it could get any worse – c’mon interns cutting on each other – ghosts making love. Hopefully, it won’t last and it will be good news for 30 Rock who truly deserves it – last night’s episode was a hoot. I’m begging ew readers to take a stand and not watch it next week. I did not read ONE positive comment.

  • sam

    I really enjoy Grey’s as one of my guilty pleasures, but the dead Denny plot is icky beyond words. I don’t even like to think about those scenes. I like the actor, but couldn’t they have brought him back some other way? Even the dumb “twin” plot would have been less disgusting that what is going on now.

  • Greysfan04

    People, calm down. Grey’s Anatomy is still one of the greatest shows on earth. While other shows are dipping in ratings, Greys is going up. Obviously, people like the Denny storyline, especially since season 2 was the best season on Greys. Just give Shondra a chance to tell the story and then judge afterwards.

  • Caroline

    I agree that the train wreck effect is happening here. We’ll see at the end of the season whether or not people are willing to put up with this terrible storytelling for a prolonged period of time. I remember that when they 1st went head to head Grey’s was beating CSI, no more and two weeks ago for sure and I think last week too (not totally sure) Grey’s was 7th for the week and getting beat by Desperate Housewives. Its good for them that they made up some of their losses, but they are still down overall.

  • Kristen

    As both an avid Grey’s watcher and a newly addicted 30 Rock watcher. I’d choose 30 Rock anyday; and I’m really hoping other Grey’s watchers jump on the 30 Rock bandwagon too. The fact that 30 Rock’s ratings are dropping lower and lower every week worries me..

  • Joy

    If you don’t like the Denny plot line than don’t watch the show. It’s as simple as that and then you won’t have to complain what they are doing. Obviously there are a great deal of people that are enjoying the storylines on grey’s. It must not be that bad if your complaining but still watching…

  • CandyMaize

    I know that last Thursday’s CW numbers were off because the NY market was pre-empted for football. And this week, it is the Pittsburgh market that showed football. I don’t think the final numbers (after removing the Pittsburgh market) will drop as much this week as they did last week.

  • Mar

    The only reason this show is still getting any decent ratings is because the MERDER fans will watch the entire show just to see 30 seconds of sweetness between them.
    It is pathetic that a few minutes of adult scenes between the lead couple will keep the audience watching this train wreck. ABC and Shonda should be bowing before the golden couple. I hope they start having actual story lines that make sense and are realistic (and more than a minute in a 45 minute show)…unless Derek starts haunting Meredith…since that seems to be going over SO well for Dizzie. YUCK to everything on Greys but PD and EP. They deserve so much better than the writers give them.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for Denny…I love him!!!!!

  • Melv

    Personally, I think its time Derek shocked Meridth into reality, who in the right mind who get in bed with Christina and forget what is next to her. As far as Denny, real shame they killed him off. Of course the writers could do what they did in Dallas and just pretend it never happened and Izzie has been in a hospital and she wkes up..you get the idea. hell good writing is what keeps us watching.

  • Jami0624

    People! The Denny Ghost is not what made this episode one of the highest ratings since the premier- It was Cristina and Owen!!! The chemistry is absolutely amazing- they are the talk of the net!! Your tube is getting record hits on all of their scenes, especially the kissing scenes and the “I Think Your Beautiful” statement this week-Wow!! Great acting- Denny-move on to heaven and leave Izzy alone!!!

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