TV Ratings: "Grey's" & "CSI" Neck-And-Neck
ABC's 67-minute episode of "Grey's Anatomy" was neck and neck with competing "CSI" on CBS on the first night of the sweeps, but managed to inch past the procedural and win the battle in both total viewers and adults 18-49.
The medical drama pulled in 18.76 million viewers, while CSI scored 18.75 million. "Grey's Anatomy's" leadership among adults 18-49 was more obvious with 7.9 vs. 5.6.
Although ABC's 10pm drama "Big Shots" appeared to have risen to 9.01 million viewers following last week's series-low, the show's numbers were artifically inflated by the extended episode of "Grey's Anatomy."
For this reason "Big Shots" scored over 11 million viewers in the first half hour, but plummeted to 6.81 million by 10.30 p.m.
Since "Grey's Anatomy" actually rose to over 19 million viewers in its second half hour, it is safe to say that "Big Shots" was actually capable of retaining only a little over 35% of "Grey's" audience.
Under normal circumstances that would buy a show a one-way ticket to Cancelville.
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Big Shots (9.01 million)
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ER (9.06 million)
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