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

Arizona: Oh my God! I mean, I understand why you're into her. She's hot. Wait, she likes you?
Nathan: What? I mean, I'm going to try not to be offended at that.
Arizona: No, no, no. It's just that Derek was--Derek was epic for her. They were the great love story. I mean, that girl's heart beat for Derek Shepherd. It just...it never occurred to me that she would ever be with anyone else. He was perfect. He was everything. That man turned her world. It...I spooked you. Don't be spooked.

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."