Grey's Anatomy Ratings Soared Thursday

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Wins at the Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards helped lift ABC's Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy to their highest ratings since both dramas bowed in September.

Grey's Anatomy Ratings Soared Thursday
ABC overwhelmingly won Thursday night, although CBS did respectably with new episodes of CSI and Shark, and NBC saw success with both My Name Is Earl and The Office, while ER was down slightly from its fall average, Reuters reports.

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.

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I totally agree I could not watch the show if mer died. It would totally suck and i would be pissed! I don't care what anbody says I love her and Derick and I hope they only get stronger as the show goes on...


I love greys anatomy & all, but i do have to say ...
if either meridith or derek dies i WILL stop watching the show, after watching the "walk on water" episode im not too sure.


greys is the best thing since ever


ps_people who have never seen the show, they should be punished :]


i love greys anatomy.


Thank you for all the feedback very interesting.
I know that over here as we have cable TV they have a way to count on a channels popularity and with this information they remove the channel or not!! Burke Baker when checking the actors history on IMDB I am impressed by their previous appearance in a lot of movies/series.


I've actually been selected to participate in the Nielsen ratings several times now. How it works is they send you a log (and cash) in the mail, you fill out what you watched over a two-week period, and send it back. On this log, in addition to what you watched, there is a also section to note if you Tivo'd or recorded shows but did not watch them live. My guess is they simply count these viewings on top of those who watched it live when they come up with the overall ratings. Very straightforward, but by offering money, and making it relatively easy to do, enough people in different demographics reply for them to get accurate estimates.


All Saints sounds interesting. I am surprised that we don't get Australian television here. Maybe we do and I just don't know about it. I have a friend from Holland, so I am familiar with Belgium. I've been to Amsterdam twice but never Brussels. I'd like to go someday. You are so right. They did an amaziing job with casting. I had seen some of the cast in other things prior to GA, but not all. Justin Chambers was in the Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez and I saw Katherine Heigl on two made for television frontier movies. Ellen Pompeo was in a movie with Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn, can't remember the name of it. I had seen Sandra Oh in Sideways and Under the Tuscan Sun. I had not seen Patrick in anything for years and years. I had seen Isaiah in Love Jones and a couple of Spike Lee movies. At the time that GA started, Sandra Oh was probably the most well known of the group unless you were old enough to remember Patrick Dempsey. I had never heard of TR Knight, Chandra Wilson, or Jim Pickens. Kate Walsh was in Under the Tuscan Sun, too, but I didn't realize it was her. It seems like they found a whole group of good actors who were a little bit recognizable and turned them into this great ensemble cast. This must be quite a crazy ride for many of them.


Wow, it is great that you are getting season three already in Belgium. I have some friends on another site from Thailand and other places Far East who are still on season one. I know what you mean about getting hooked on a series. I was really hooked on Friends, but it didn't happen until about season 8 so I had all of seasons 1-7 to watch to get caught up. I loved Ross and Rachel. That show always made me laugh and I cried when it ended after ten seasons. Now I am totally invested in the doctors of Seattle Grace. It is actually the only television that I watch other than the last part of Ugly Betty while I am waiting to watch Grey's. It is amazing how real the characters feel. Glad you are chatting with us from Belgium. Isn't technology awesome?


Thanks Burke Backer and I do agree with what you say about this show. This is the first time I am soooo hooked I guess it is because the storyline is so real. It brings up a lot of memories. The only time I was hooked is when I was 13 (47 years ago) it was a naive serie on French television that only lasted for a few months and I was so sad when it ended I was wondering how I would survive. Now for GA I have the DVD's. They are starting season 3 in Belgium on Feb. 15 and it makes a lot of people happy. Wonder if I we will ever have an explanation on the rate calculating.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.