‘Grey’s’ Sets Season Record

Feb 23, 2007  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” delivered the best performance by any scripted program all season Thursday night, while Fox’s “American Idol” set its second season low for the week.

“Grey’s,” which concluded a cliffhanger episode from last week, earned an 11.6 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research, leading ABC to its sixth straight Thursday night win. The episode also set a new series high (excluding its post-Super Bowl performance last year). “Grey’s” led into an “Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special” which earned a strong 6.2 to win the hour.

While on Fox, “American Idol” showed a slight sign of ratings slippage while still handily dominating the hour. Fox debuted its first “Idol” results show to a 9.0, which is down 9 percent from the same telecast last year. Fox noted that last year’s episode aired the same night as the Olympics, which inflates overall viewing levels.

“Idol” gave a strong lead-in to the season finale of “The OC,” which posted its highest rating of the season (2.8).

CBS was third with “Survivor: Fiji” (4.6), “CSI” (matching its season low with a 6.7) and “Shark” (3.9).

Facing tougher-than-usual competition, NBC’s comedy block was on the low side, with “My Name Is Earl” (3.6), “The Office” (4.2), “Scrubs” (2.8) and “30 Rock” (2.4). At 10 p.m., “ER” delivered a series-low 4.0.

The CW aired repeats of “Smallville” (1.2) and “Supernatural” (0.7).

(Editor: Horowitz)