Primetime Ratings: ABC Scores With Grey's and Private Practice Crossover Special

'Survivor Tocantins' premiere was top show in time period

ABC beat out the competition Thursday night with the Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice crossover special from 9 - 11 p.m. CBS’ debut of Survivor’s 18th season easily won the 8 p.m. hour, and Fox fell to fouth place with the NAACP Image Awards.

The debut of Survivor: Tocantins did a 4.4/13 with 13.8 million total viewers, dominating 8 p.m.. NBC was a distant second at 2.5/7 with comedies My Name is Earl (2.6/8) and Kath & Kim (2.4/6). ABC was third at 8 with Ugly Betty pulling a 2.3/6.  Fox aired a two hour special, the NAACP Image Awards which finished fourth in both the 8 and 9 p.m. hours, pulling a 1.4/4 at 8.  The CW brought up the rear at 0.9/3 with a re-run of Smallville.

Grey’s Anatomy beat out CSI in the 9 p.m. hour with a 5.9/14 against CSI’s 4.9/12, though CSI did win in total viewers.   NBC was third with The Office (4.6/11) and 30 Rock (3.8/9) at 4.2/10 for the hour, though both shows had improved numbers from last week. The second hour of the NAACP Image Awards on Fox dropped to 1.4/3 and the CW was again in fifth at 0.8/2 with a re-run of Supernatural.

In the 10 p.m. hour ABC was tops in ratings and total viewers with Private Practice drawing a 5.8/15 and 14.2 million viewers. The number was up from last week’s 5.3/14. CBS was second with Eleventh Hour pulling a 2.7/7 and ER on NBC was just behind at 2.6/7.  

For the night, ABC’s first-place 4.6/12 was up one-tenth of a point from last week. CBS was second at 4.0/11, up considerably from last week’s re-run heavy 2.2/6. NBC, still in third, pulled stronger numbers than last Thursday (3.1/8 compared to last week’s 2.9/8). Fox drew a 1.4/4 and the CW was fifth at 0.9/2.