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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The ratings are down not up and the fact that they got a 17.0 rating is nothing to rave about. After this stunt they pulled in dragging out the last three eposides you can bet that they will be down even more. I think to much time is being spent on the spin off and they thought they could just throw anything at us and we would just follow along. I for sure will not be buying season three.

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ok so its not jsut me about not entirely understanding the numbers, and yeah i saw that half of the site was down this weekend, i jst assumedit was a weekend thing

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John actually more people than that tuned in. If you go to tv.com, under News, it tells how many people wathed - 27.3 million. I have no idea what 17/25 means. Those numbers always confuses me.

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Cool. very nice. I know this isn't the right section to post this, but I was wanting to know if half of all pages on our favorite grey's website are down on everybody else's computer?

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I think the numbers mean that 17,000,000 people tuned in to watch? maybe?

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I can't wait for the new episodes!

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So glad the ratings are up. I imagine the reruns will hurt for a time, but when the new episodes come out it should be better than ever.

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I love greys and not surprised wiht the soaring ratings. all these numbers like 17/25, are these like percents, just in fractions? % what people with their TVs turned on are watch greys? If anyone knows please POST!!! thanks

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