ABC started the night with a win in viewers at 8 p.m. with Ugly Betty (14 million, 4.7/12), tying in the demo with My Name Is Earl (10.6 million, 4.7/12) and The Office (10.1 million, 5.0/12).
It was the second-highest measure of the season for Earl and was the highest demo rating for The Office since January 12, 2006.
NBC has double-digit increases in the demo during the time period compared with the same period a year ago. It was also the highest adults 18-34 ratings ever for The Office. CBS put in a repeat CSI (12.2 million, 3.4/9).
CBS came roaring back at 9 p.m. with a new CSI (21.3 million, 6.8/16), but it wasn't anywhere near enough to topple Grey's Anatomy (23.9 million, 10.2/23), which also had its highest ratings since its September premiere. Grey's and CSI continue to both achieve great success in their much-anticipated ratings battle.
It was also down 28 percent compared with CSI a year ago. NBC's Scrubs (6.9 million, 3.4/8) was up 17 percent compared with its last original episode on January 18 with an Iraq-war themed episode. NBC's 30 Rock (5.6 million, 2.9/7) scored average numbers.
The ratings pendulum swung away from ABC after 10 p.m., when CBS' Shark (14.1 million, 3.9/10) won in viewers and NBC's ER (11.8 million, 5.1/13) won in the demo. Experts believe Men in Trees (10.6 million, 3.9/10) benefited from a spillover of Grey's Anatomy.