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

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.