Ratings: Big Wedding Turnout Powers Grey's Past CSI
Thursday's ratings recap:
Survivor topped the hour with 11.97 million total viewers, up 240K week-to-week. Bones followed with 8.62 mil, dipping 210 thou. Claiming third was Ugly Betty, which surged 10 percent to 7.5 mil.
Both NBC's My Name Is Earl (4.43 mil, -16 percent) and Parks and Recreation (4.64 mil, -12 percent) dipped, while Smallville (3.34 mil) inched up 140K.
Grey's Anatomy was the night's most watched program, as 15.33 million RSVP'd for not-Meredith's wedding. With CSI dipping 720 thou to 14.57 mil, this marks the first time Grey's has outdrawn the CBS procedural in total viewers since Nov. 1, 2007. Grey's also outperformed CSI in the key demos by its widest margin in two years — 51 percent.
NBC's The Office (7.7 mil, +410K) and 30 Rock (6.17 mil, +200K) both saw gains, while Supernatural (2.79 mil) dropped 170 thou.
Michael J. Fox's Optimistic special started strong and averaged 10.6 mil for the hour, but ultimately got bested by CBS' CSI repeat come 10:30. NBC's recently renewed Southland slipped 180K, to 6.5 mil.
P.S. I'll hit you here with some Wednesday ratings highlights a little later on.