TV Ratings: "Grey's Anatomy" Saves the Night for ABC
ABC won Thursday night in the crucial 18-49 demo on the strength of its signature drama "Grey's Anatomy" (CBS was #1 in total viewers), while "Ugly Betty" hit series low again and "Traveler" premiered to disappointing numbers.
"Ugly Betty" which averaged 14-15 million viewers earlier this season opened the night for ABC pulling in only 9,39 million and finishing 4th in the 18-49 demo, behind Survivor, 5th Grader and NBC comedies.
"Grey's Anatomy" scored below-average 19,07 million viewers at 9.p.m. The numbers were strong enough to beat CSI on CBS (18,6 million) as well as win the entire night.
"Traveler" then premiered at 10 p.m. with almost 10 million viewers tuned in, however 2 million of them changed the channel by 10:30 p.m. bringing its average to 8,88 million viewers.
It is safe to assume that without "Grey's" as a lead-in and airing during the summer on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m., "Traveler" will not be coming back for a second season.
Elsewhere, "The Office" scored stronger 18-49 ratings then its lead-in, the season finale of "My Name Is Earl."
Over on The CW, "Smallville" which averaged over 5 million viewers earlier this season, attracted only 3,36 million viewers for an original episode.
That also affected the lead-out "Supernatural" (2,84 million.) Rumor has it "Supernatural" will survive, but move to Sundays.
All in all, a lackluster sweeps Thursday night as one of the worst springs in recent history of primetime continues.
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