Early Thursday Nielsen Ratings: Survivor and Grey's Anatomy; Old But Not Dead

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September 26th, 2008

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Remembering as always that these numbers are very preliminary (and also not nearly as much fun since they lack total viewers and demos) here are some early metered market numbers from Thursday night.

Update 9:00 AM PDT: Grey's Anatomy had 18.3 million viewers and crushed in the demos with a 7.4/18 among 18-49 year old and nearly an 8.0/21 among 18-34 year olds. The Office had 9.20 million and a 4.5/10 with 18-49s and a 6.1/15 with 18-34s. Not shabby at all up aganst Grey's (but again, no new CSI for either to compete with). Kitchen Nightmares definitely had a tough time between 8p-10p, see Bill's post sometime soon. Survivor was still strong with 18-49s (4.5/12ish) but as typical less so with 18-34s (2.7/8). ER's premiere drew 7.9 million and a 3.3/8 among 18-49s and a 3.0/6 among 18-34s. Not shabby demo numbers for the start of its final season.

Grey’s Anatomy had an 11.0/17 (household rating/share) for its two hour premiere. If those numbers hold up, it would be down a bit from the two hour season finale (which scored an 11.8/19 and 18.09 million viewers in the final numbers last May ) and down even more from its premiere last September when it pulled a 13.2/20 and 20.9 million in the final numbers. And then, it was airing against a new CSI, last night CSI was a repeat. The two hour finale in May also didn’t run against a fresh CSI either though.

Survivor is experiencing attrition as well, but the old girl is long in tooth and still had a 7.5/12 from 8pm-10pm. Last year in the final numbers, Survivor China debuted to a 9.0/15. But both the Survivor or the Grey’s premieres last year seemed to only be one hour.

My Name is Earl pulled in a Knight Rider-esque 4.3/7 and The Office rose to a 5.8/9 in a one hour premiere from 9p-10pm and the tale for The Office will be in how it does in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos – which we imagine will be good. We won’t see that data for at least another hour (it’s 7:25am PDT as I write this).

Gordon Ramsay seems to have finally had a bad night as two episodes of Kitchen Nightmares only drew a 3.2/5 between 8pm-10pm. Meanwhile on the CW, Smallville had a 2.8/4 and Supernatural a 2.5/4. Last week in these same preliminary metered market numbers, Smallville had a 2.9/5 and Supernatural a 2.7/4, so it looks like both mostly held up versus increased competition.

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