Controversy Doesn't Slow Grey's Ratings

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All the controversy surrounding Isaiah Washington and T.R. Knight hasn't damaged Grey's Anatomy in its ratings assault, that's for sure.

Five episodes into Season 3, ABC's hit medical series has been defeating CSI in the coveted Thursday, 9 p.m. time slot. Grey's Anatomy is averaging 24 million viewers this season, up 31 percent from last fall.

Meanwhile, CSI, now behind with 22.6 million, is down 21 percent. Grey's Anatomy also leads by 3 million young-adult viewers, the highly coveted demographic by advertisers. It should be noted, however, that CSI remains one of prime time's most popular series in terms of total viewers.

You're the man, McSteamy!

The show's success since moving over to Thursday has exceeded expectations and even surprised the talented cast. Here, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is seen giving props to newcomer Mark (Eric Dane) for his role in the ratings climb. Just kidding.

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Sam is right, it was because of the World Series.

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Oh, thanks, Sam Breen. That makes sense. Since I am not a fan of either the Tigers or Cardinals, so wasn't thinking about the world series. I'll bet you're right. Looking forward to a new episode this Thursday.

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Many networks showed reruns. Maybe because of the World Series.

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I agree. They make great friends. I am ready for Meredith and Derek to just be together, already. Why do you suppose they had the rerun week? If they already have completed the next five episodes, why was it necessary to do reruns this past week? There must have been some rationale.

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i see a great friendship developing here and hope they don't ruin it with sex.

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