Grey's Anatomy Ratings Edge CSI

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Grey's Anatomy vs. CSI
ABC took round one of the much-anticipated Thursday ratings battle, as Grey's Anatomy unseated CSI as the night's top show.

For the night, ABC averaged an 11.2 rating and an 18 share, taking the ratings crown on TV's biggest night. CBS was close behind with an 11.0 rating and a 17 share, and actually won in terms of total viewers with 18.08 million to ABC's 17.31 million.

NBC came in third with a 7.4/12, while FOX posted a 2.9/5 showing, and The CW brought up the rear at 1.6/2. On the strength of Grey's, ABC claimed victory among adults 18-49 with a 7.2 rating.

CBS, 6.0, took second in the demographic advertisers love most, while NBC came in third with a solid 4.8. There was a substantial drop to fourth-place FOX, 1.6, and The CW, which posted a 1.0.

Survivor put CBS on top at 8 p.m. with a 9.8/16, while the Grey's Anatomy recap show, "Complications of the Heart," on ABC was a strong second at 9.2/15. NBC was third with season premieres of My Name Is Earl (5.8/10) and The Office (5.7/9).

At 9 p.m., the Grey's Anatomy premiere (15.7/23) scored a shocking win over CSI (13.5/20), which has dominated the slot for years.

Another medical drama, NBC's ER, won the 10 p.m. spot with a 10.0/16, while the premiere of Shark on CBS averaged 9.8/16 and ABC's Six Degrees lost a big chunk of its lead-in to finish at 8.6/14.

Whether Meredith, McDreamy & Co. can continually defeat CSI without an entire summer's worth of re-runs and hype is another story, but it's great to see that the show more than held its own at its new time!

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I am a big GA fan and glad it out did CSI even if it was by a little bit. It's not like you can't see CSI any other time. There is CSI NY or CSI Miami if you didn't get to see CSI. There is only one GA and it will hold it's own on Thursday and Friday.


As for me and my TiVo, Grey's Anatomy has taken the number one spot, taking priority over the once-upon-a-time-essential television shows on my Season Pass list. But I do admit, my widescreen HDTV makes for some must-see footage on CSI. But I wouldn't cry if I missed an episode, or two, or six. However, Grey's is the highlight of my week and of the utmost importance for the sanity of a work-week. Although, while on the topic of CSI: the Las Vegas show had a great season opener with the appearance of Cirque and the performance of Ka (which I recommend anyone to see if you're in Vegas! it's remarkable!).


It all depends on how you spin it. One way and Grey's wins, the other and it's CSI, which they said had more viewers.


I am a HUGE CSI fan love the show and have been watching it since it began. CSI has always been able to capture my interest but since the slump i'd like to call season 4 it hasn't been what it used to. it's still interesting but to me it feels like it's slowing down like the writers are thinking that the show is soo popular that they can write about whatever they want and they can't especially since it's now up against Grey's. the writers are trying to show the private lives of the CSI's and when asked if they were doing that b/c of Grey's they said no which is totaly BS.
i chose to watch Grey's Anatomy over CSI last week. after reading about the CSI ep i was like "yeah Grey's is sounding soo much better" haha and it was!! Grey's is fresher with more people interaction whil CSI is not and i think most of the fans like me are getting a little tired of not having relationships on the show and not showing their more human side.
right now Grey's is just more attractive with Meredith having to choose b/t McDreamy or McVet and what's gonna happen with Izzie.


it's no surprise that Grey's Anatomy scored more than CSI .. don't get me wrong CSI is a great show .. but its getting old. People want a newer sexier show .. and Grey's Anatomy just happens to fill that spot. it's amazing how they manage to balance between the medical parts and the dramatic sexy parts on the show. the chemistry that the cast has is what makes it so enjoyable. it's an all-around great show .. the best there is! we expect it'll raise even more scores next year .. go Grey's Anatomy!!!!!!!!!!


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.