‘Grey’s’ Spin-off ‘Pilot’ Rules Thursday

May 4, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The two-hour “Grey’s Anatomy” episode that’s serving as a backdoor pilot for the presumptive fall ABC series “Private Practice dominated the Thursday night ratings.
“Grey’s” pulled a 9.0 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsens, the best “Grey’s” delivery since February. “Grey’s” lead-in “Ugly Betty” scored a 3.6 in the demo as the network won the night in the demo and households.
The “Grey’s” onslaught resulted in rough sledding for the rest of the pack. CBS’s “CSI” (5.5) at 9 p.m. had its lowest-rated Thursday original (excluding Thanksgiving) and NBC’s “ER” at 10 p.m. hit a series low (3.2).
CBS was second in the demo with “Survivor” (4.5), “CSI” and the season finale of “Shark” (3.2).
NBC had irregular “super-sized” running times for its comedies so ratings will shift. In the preliminaries, “My Name Is Earl” (3.2), “The Office” (3.4) and “Scrubs” (2.5) were on the low side.
Fox aired “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (2.9) and a low-rated “Trading Spouses” (1.8).
The CW had “Smallville” (1.5) and “Supernatural” (1.3).
(Editor: Horowitz)

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