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ABC Wins Thursday With ‘Grey’s’; ‘Betty’ Debuts

Sep 29, 2006  •  Post A Comment

ABC was once again the top broadcast network on Thursdays in the adults 18 to 49 ratings group, thanks to its 9 p.m. (ET) medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” The night also marked the debut of ABC’s highly anticipated 8 p.m. drama “Ugly Betty.”

“Grey’s scored a 9.4 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, a number that includes live viewing plus same-day viewing via digital video recorders, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was down 15 percent from its season premiere the week before, but still high enough to easily win the night as the highest-rated program in adults 18 to 49.

Time-period competitor “CSI” on CBS was No.2 for the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 7.9, up 3 percent from its season premiere last week. NBC scored a 3.2 at 9 p.m. with “Deal or no Deal,” which was down 11 percent from its time-period premiere last week, followed by the season premiere of “Supernatural” on The CW, which garnered a 1.6, down 36 percent from its Tuesday debut last season on The WB. In adults 18 to 34, The CW’s target demo, “Supernatural” scored a 1.8, down 31 percent from its debut performance last season. However, “Supernatural” outperformed the premiere of “Everwood” in the time period last year by 23 percent in adults 18 to 49 and 38 percent in adults 18 to 34. On Fox, part one of the “Celebrity Duets” finale” scored a 1.5 in adults 18 to 49.

At 8 p.m., CBS won the time period in adults 18 to 49 with the third episode of “Survivor: Cook Islands” (5.8), which was down 11 percent from its performance last week. ABC’s “Ugly Betty” scored a 4.9, No. 2 at 8 p.m., and was up 96 percent from the time-period premiere of “Alias” last season. “Betty” also grew from a 4.2 its first half-hour to a 5.6 at 8:30 p.m.

NBC’s comedy “My Name is Earl” scored a 3.4, down 11 percent from it season premiere last week, while at 8:30 p.m., “The Office” garnered a 3.7, down 14 percent from last week’s premiere. On Fox an original “‘Til Death” scored a 2.4 at 8 p.m., while a repeat “Death” at 8:30 p.m. scored a 2.3, filling in for the network’s benched new comedy, “Happy Hour.” On The CW the season premiere of “Smallville” scored a 2.2 in adults 18 to 49, down 29 percent from its season premiere last year. In adults 18 to 34 “Smallville” hit a 2.5, down 19 percent from its premiere last year.

At 10 p.m., NBC was once again the top broadcaster Thursday with “ER” (6.1), followed by ABC’s “Six Degrees” (4.4) and CBS’s “Shark” (4.2). “Degrees” was down 19 percent from its series debut last week, while “Shark” was up 2 percent from its last week’s debut.

ABC was the top broadcaster in adults 18 to 49 with a 6.2, followed by CBS (6.0), NBC (4.3) and Fox and The CW (both 1.9).