ABC Wins First Sweeps Night, But Top Shows Suffer
Returning from the writers' strike, "Grey's Anatomy" was the top show of the night with a Nielsen preliminary 6.3 rating among 18-49 viewers, close to its season low. But other top shows were also suffering. CBS' "CSI", which runs against "Grey's" at 9 p.m., hit a near-series-low of 4.6 rating. NBC's 9 p.m. show, "The Office," lost a full rating point--a 3.9 from a 4.9 the week before.
That's not all. At 10 p.m., CBS's "Without a Trace" finished 40% lower to a 3.3, with NBC's "ER" sinking to a series low at 2.9.
Somewhat immune to all of this--and giving ABC some good news--was that "Lost" in its new 10 p.m. time slot earned a 5.5 rating, as the second-best-rated show of the night. The score is just 0.2 off what it had been averaging this season.
ABC pulled through with a 4.8 rating overall among 18-49 for a first-place spot. CBS came in second place at 4.0/11. NBC was way back in third place at 2.9/8, Fox fourth at 2.3/6, Univision fifth at 1.7/5, and CW sixth at 1.2/3.