ABC won the 18-49 demo Thursday night in the Nielsen overnight ratings with an average 5.8 rating/15 share on the strength of Grey's Anatomy (9.5/23), which continues to beat CSI on CBS handily in their 9-10 p.m. match-up.
Fox got its best production yet out of its baseball playoffs lineup with a 4.5/11 for a nail-biting classic, the Cardinals win over the Mets. For those who missed it--seventh game, homer in the ninth, Mets Beltran strikes out looking with bases loaded to end the game.
But CBS took second in the demo with a 5.4/14 thanks to CSI (6.8/16) and a time-period-winning 5.3/14 from Survivor at 8.
NBC was fourth at a 4.1. Its top show was ER with a 5.5/14, followed by The CW, which averaged a 1.7, thanks to a 2/5 for Smallville at 8-9.
Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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