Grey's Anatomy Tops Thursday Ratings

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Grey's Anatomy Tops Thursday Ratings
Cheer up, Alex. A huge audience for the gripping conclusion of Grey's Anatomy's three-part extravaganza gave ABC a ratings win Thursday, despite the presence of American Idol on FOX.

ABC averaged an 11.4 rating/18 share for the night. CBS took second with a 10.0/15, while FOX came in third with a 9.1/14. NBC, at 5.1/8, took fourth, while The CW was well back of the pack at 1.5/2.

Among adults 18-49, ABC's 7.0 rating led the way. FOX finished second in the key advertising demographic with a 5.9, beating out CBS' 5.1. NBC averaged 3.5 and The CW only 0.9.

The American Idol results show easily won the 8 pm hour with a 14.0/21 share, while Survivor: Fiji put CBS in second with a 7.9/12.

A repeat of last week's Grey's Anatomy episode, "Drowning On Dry Land," was good enough for 6.7/10, and third place for ABC in the 8 pm time slot.

NBC went with My Name Is Earl, 5.5/8, and The Office, 5.0/7. Smallville came in fifth for The CW.

This Thursday's new episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Some Kind of Miracle," came through with ratings almost befitting of that title, scoring a 17.0/25 to make it the night's most-watched show.

CBS stayed in second with CSI, at 13.0/19. The OC went out quietly in its series finale, dropping way off from its lead-in to average 4.3/6 for FOX. Scrubs, 3.7/6, and 30 Rock, 3.1/5, kept NBC in a distant fourth, ahead of Supernatural on The WB.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Forgiveness is a powerful thing, Meredith. Not only to make the other person to feel good, but to heal you. Forgive her for not being Derek.

Richard

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."