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Grey's Anatomy, CSI Fight to Ratings Draw Again

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Smiling Sloan The second Thursday of the season saw CSI and Grey's Anatomy battle to a draw among adults 18-49 on a night when most of the top shows declined by double-digit percentages vs. their premieres the previous week.

On Thursday, ABC's Grey's Anatomy (7.6/19 in 18-49, 18.51 million from 9 to 10:02 p.m.) once again stood as the night's top program among adults 18-49, opening up a bit of a cushion over CBS' CSI (6.4/16 in 18-49, 20.97 million).

In a reversal of the previous Thursday's premiere week, Grey's Anatomy moved ahead in adults 25-54 (8.3/19 to 7.9/18), while CSI was the night's most-watched program overall for a second straight week.

NBC's The Office held tough with another hourlong episode (4.6/11, 8.66), moving up to a tie with CSI for the slot lead in men 18-49 (5.0/13).

And USA's original episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent helped the cable channel gain a larger share of the night's 10 o'clock pie.

In the opening hour, CBS' Survivor: China (4.5/13 in 18-49, 14.14 million) was an easy winner, with ABC's Ugly Betty (3.4/10 in 18-49, 9.90) and NBC's combo of My Name Is Earl (3.3/10, 7.98) and 30 Rock (3.4/9, 7.33).

In fact, 30 Rock, in its season premiere and featuring guest star Jerry Seinfeld, achieved a series high in the 18-49 demo but still placed third.

Closing out the night was a tight three-way demo battle between Without a Trace (3.7/10 in 18-49, 14.20) on CBS, NBC's ER (3.7/10, 9.09) and ABC's Big Shots (3.6/10, 8.24), with Trace the easy leader among total viewers.

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Actually about the link above....the comment I was talking about is in the clip of the beginning of season 4...not end of season 3.
(Even though all of the clips are good to listen too)

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Here is the link to the interviews where the cast members were talking about last season and Meredith basically says you have to step back into the dark and twisty alittle in season 4 to be able to move from out of it. ....(something like that).
Click on the epsiodes where it says "end of season 3".
http://abc.go.com/primetime/gr...

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I also agree with you Kathy. I've seen a lot of negative comments about the show lately. And while some of them are about things I do agree with (like the whole Gizzie thing and Lexie being kind of annoying) I think it would be completely unrealistic for those things to get resolved in two episodes! There are a lot of issues to deal with with these things and it's going to take some time to get things back on track but that's how life works too, so if you want a realistic show (you know one that actually deals with real human issues) some story lines are going to take more than a couple episodes and some you'll like and some you won't but that's how it goes. Please note that all of this is assuming you want a realistic show and if you don't you aren't going to care about a word of this and I'm sorry I wasted your time with this little mini-rant-ish thing.

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Hi Kathy i wondering if you wouldn´t putting on link to that interview please. I´d reaaly love to see it. By the way i agreed with eveything that you said.

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GA is doing ok. They are still at the top of the ratings where they should be and has won the (18-49) age group for the last two weeks and even gained last week in viewers of the group of (25-54). I know GA did not start out on top for the premiere this year and that is probably because so many people are so sceptical of this season since things were so dark and twisty from the latter part of season 3 and (with all of the other stuff that went on). I think viewers are realizing that Grey's is back and it will take a few episodes to get most of the viewers back that were lost. I believe most of the viewers that have not been tuning in will be bak in due time because this season is lighter, funnier and SHonda is bringing back all the stuff that made us all fall in love with GA from the beginning! I know there have been alot of negative comments from the first 2 episodes from viewers that have really surprised me. I think everybody needs to be patient and give the show a chance to get back on their feet from all the things that happened last year! As far as the storylines go so far this season, as I saw an interview with Ellen Pompeo on abctv.com (GA site) where all the characters were talking about the new season....she said we've got to go back in the dark and twisty alittle this year to be able to get out of it.....for example: Mer/Der...Mer has got to take a few episodes to figure it out before she gives herself completely to Der. You know it wasn't going to happen the first two epsiodes and well as the other storylines. ......its all going to take time for each characters issues to work out from last season and when it does..I think it will be great! As a loyal GA fan, I hope all of us loyal fans will hang in there and help get those ratings from being #2 to a bright and shiny #1!!!!!

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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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

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