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ABC Wins, CBS Edges Closer

ABC won Thursday night in the 18-49 demo with a 5.7 rating/15 share, according to Nielsen overnight numbers and thanks to Grey's Anatomy's 9.3/22.

But ABC barely topped CBS's 5.6/15 average on the night in the closest Thursday night race of the new season.

CBS scored with Survivor, which won its 8-9 time period with a 5.4/15, and did well with CSI, a 7.5/18, at 9-10, though it continues to play second fiddle to Grey's.

NBC was third with a 4.3/11 for the night, carried by ER's time period-winning 5.9/16. that show continues to do well, benefiting by what some NBC execs see as a cross-network lead-in from that other medical show, Greys.

Fox was a distant fourth with a 2.4/6 for its coverage of the Mets victory and over the Cardinals. The CW recorded a 1.9, led by Smallville at a 2.2/6, which came in fourth in the 8-9 time period, beating Fox's game coverage.