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100th ‘Grey’s’ Wins Thursday

May 8, 2009 12:52 PM

ABC claimed its third consecutive Thursday night win during the current sweeps period with programming including the 100th episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” and a special with Michael J. Fox.

Grey's Anatomy

ABC’s “Grey’s” scored a 5.3 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 and 15.3 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures, which are now caught up after a week of delays. Last night’s episode, which marked the series’ 100th, posted slight gains over recent episodes and edged out its nearest competitor for the night (CBS’ “Survivor: Tocantins”) by 39% to take the top spot. “Grey’s” served as a solid lead-in for the special “Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” (3.3/10, 10.6 million), which was flat from the season finale of “Private Practice” in the timeslot last week. “Optimist” is expected to dip a bit in final numbers later today due to a slight “Grey’s” overrun into the 10 p.m. hour. At 8 p.m., “Ugly Betty” (2.1/7, 7.5 million) increased by one-tenth of a rating point over its return from hiatus last week.

New episodes of “Survivor: Tocantins” (3.8/12, 12 million) and “CSI” (3.5/9, 14.6 million) performed to mixed results. “Survivor” posted a 6% increase over last week and won its hour. It tied with NBC’s “The Office” as the No. 2 show of the night behind “Grey’s.” “CSI,” however, dipped one-tenth of a point from last week, continuing a trend of declines since William Petersen left the series earlier this year. Last night’s episode was down 29% from its season-to-date average. At 10 p.m., “CSI” was a repeat.

Last night’s “Bones” (2.3/7, 8.6 million) was flat from last week, even with a special appearance by “Family Guy’s” Stewie Griffin. “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.7/7, 6.5 million) posted a 10% decline for its second-to-last episode of the season.

NBC’s “My Name Is Earl” (1.7/6, 4.4 million) saw its lowest-rated original episode ever, down 32% from its season-to-date average. “Parks & Recreation” (2.0/6, 4.6 million) built on its lead-in by 18% but took a 9% tumble week-over-week. “The Office” (3.8/11, 7.7 million) was up one-tenth of a point over last week, while “30 Rock” (2.9/8, 6.2 million) was flat. “At 10 p.m., “Southland” (2.0/6, 6.5 million) remained flat with last week as well.

The CW’s “Smallville” (1.5/5, 3.4 million) delivered a slight gain over last week, while “Supernatural” (1.2/3, 2.9 million) declined one-tenth of a point. Overall the network averaged a 1.2/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: ABC (3.5/10, 11.1 million) won, followed by CBS (3.2/9, 12.1 million), Fox (2.5/7, 7.6 million), NBC (2.4/7, 6 million) and The CW (1.3/4, 3.1 milion).

Final National updates (4 p.m.): After factoring in some overrun, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" picked up to a 5.4/14, while the Michael J. Fox special dipped to a 3.1/9. CBS' "CSI" increased to a 3.6/10. NBC's "Parks & Recreation" (2.1/6) and "The Office" (3.9/11) both increased by one-tenth of a point. At the network level, ABC remained on top with an increase to a 3.6/10 average, while CBS held on to second with a bump to 3.3/10.

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