Jared Padalecki, Supernatural
Thursday's ratings rundown:
With Survivor benched by basketball, Bones topped the hour with 10.2 million total viewers, a week-to-week gain of 650K. CBS' NCAA tourney coverage followed, averaging 9.42 mil across the night. In third, Ugly Betty inched up 360 thou, to deliver 7.56 mil.
Trailing NBC's Earl (6.42 mil)/rehashed Office combo, Smallville hit some "Turbulence," dropping 12 percent to 3.29 mil. Next week: Zatanna hits town, played by my new BFF, Serinda Swan (Q&A to come).
With CSI riding the pine, Grey's Anatomy rebounded from last week's so-so numbers to deliver 14.36 million viewers, up 810K. NBC's The Office (7.95 mil, +450K) and 30 Rock (7.02 mil, +620K) both enjoyed gains, as did Supernatural, which at 3.15 mil scared up 11 percent more viewers.
Private Practice capitalized on Eleventh Hour's time-out to secure first with 10.03 million viewers, up 11 percent week-to-week. ER understandably slipped 12 percent from Clooney's visit, yet still bested basketball to place No. 2 with 9.46 mil.