Grey's Anatomy, CSI Fight to Ratings Draw Again

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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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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

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)