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Last 'Grey’s' Original Rules Thursday

January 11, 2008 12:49 PM

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)The last original episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” until the writers strike is resolved led ABC to a clear victory Thursday night and gave NBC’s “The Apprentice” a run for its money.

An on-par “Grey’s” earned a 7.0 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49, helping 10 p.m.’s “Big Shot” (2.6) improve on its prior performance. At 8 p.m., “Ugly Betty” (3.1) was average.

Coming in second place, CBS had a “CSI: NY” repeat (2.1) that gave a weak lead-in for “CSI” (5.0, its lowest Thursday delivery to date). “Without a Trace” at 10 p.m. (3.4) was edged out by “ER” for the time period win.

NBC opened with comedy originals “My Name Is Earl” (3.4) and “30 Rock” (2.8), followed by the second episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.5, down a sharp 22 percent from last week’s competition-free premiere) and “ER” (3.5).

In fourth place, Fox aired “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (2.9) and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” (2.3). The CW had repeats.


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