Thank you, Anthony Edwards! So goes what must be a common refrain over at NBC, after the star’s return to ER boosted the show’s ratings on Thursday. From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., the medical drama averaged 9.8 million viewers, up from 8.6 mil a week ago – the biggest week-to-week gain of any series on the night.
Otherwise, things remained largely unchanged from last Thursday. CSI was once again an easy winner among total viewers, with 18.9 mil (up from 18.2 mil), and its time-slot rival Grey’s Anatomy walked away with the 18-49 demo (the ABC medical drama also ranked No. 2 overall for the evening, with 15.7 mil).
CBS was the most watched network on Thursday, once again (is there an echo in here?), with an average of 14.5 mil pairs of eyeballs. All three of the network’s shows saw ratings increases from last week: In addition to CSI’s growth, Survivor: Gabon was up a million to 13 mil at 8 p.m. and Eleventh Hour drew 11.7 mil (it boasted 10.9 mil viewers last week) at 10 p.m. Second-ranked ABC saw sweet returns for Ugly Betty (9.2 mil up from 8.9 mil) at 8 p.m., Grey’s Anatomy (which was down just 100,000 watchers from last week), and Life on Mars (up 200,000 to 8.9 mil) at 10 p.m. That left NBC a distant third, despite ER’s success, with My Name Is Earl up slightly to 7 mil viewers at 8 p.m., but Kath & Kim (5.1 mil at 8:30 p.m.), The Office (8.2 mil at 9 p.m.) and 30 Rock (7.5 mil at 10 p.m.) all down a bit.
Back-to-back episodes of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares
drew 4.6 mil people at 8 p.m. and 4.9 mil at 9 p.m. (last week, a
single installment of the show was caught by 4.7 mil viewers). And the
CW’s Smallville (4.4 mil at 8 p.m., down just 100,000) and Supernatural (3.9 mil at 9 p.m., up from 3.2 mil) stayed steady.
Back-to-back episodes of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmaresdrew 4.6 mil people at 8 p.m. and 4.9 mil at 9 p.m. (last week, asingle installment of the show was caught by 4.7 mil viewers). And theCW’s Smallville (4.4 mil at 8 p.m., down just 100,000) and Supernatural (3.9 mil at 9 p.m., up from 3.2 mil) stayed steady.