CBS won Thursday night easily in the 18-49, with Survivor, CSI, and Without a Trace all winning their time periods on route to a 7.3 rating/18 sahre average in the Nielsen overnight (Fast Affiliate) ratings.
CSI was the night's top show at a 9.2/21 at 9-10.
NBC was second with a 4.6/11, led by ER's strong 6.1/16 at 10, though not strong enough to unseat Without a Trace (6.3/16). Earl earned a 4.9/11 for third place at 9-9:30, down a shade from its 5/12 for the first night of the sweeps last week and off several tenths from its initial performance last fall.
ABC was third on the night with a 4.4/11, led by Dancing With theStars, which averaged a 5.9/14 over its hour and a half.
ABC then re-aired the Grey's Anatomy episode that had scored so high as the lead-out to the Super Bowl with 38 million viewers. This time around, the show only delivered something under 7 million and a 3.6/9 at 9:30-10:30.
Grey's Anatomy may very well be moved in the fall, so this could have been a look at how the show would perform on another night, though Monday night, now that Monday Night Football is gone, could be a more likely home.
It also may not have been a tryout, since a repeat in an unusual time period--9:30-10:30--wouldn't necessarily produce particularly repeatable results.
Fox was fourth with a 2.5/6, led by the O.C. with a 2.6/6, followed by The WB at a 2/5; Univision with a 1.9/5, and UPN with a 1.1/3.
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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.