This Thursday in ratings-land:
The penultimate Survivor: Fiji put up a typical 13.64 million total viewers, as Ugly Betty (9.38 mil) plunged 1.3 mil. Earl's riotous season-ender (6.6 mil) lost 980K versus last week's Laugh 'N Sniffer. Smallville (3.36 mil) dipped 200K. (Do not get me started on the supersized Office and Scrubs numbers.)
With 18.6 million viewers, CSI gave Grey's (19.07 mil, down 1.9 mil) a scare. Speaking of scares, Supernatural (2.85 mil) spooked 310,000 fewer folk. Regarding Grey's, welcome, welcome, welcome, Chyler Leigh as "forward" bar girl. You are a much-needed shot in Derek's arm.
While the Shark's away... no one gets to play. Airing in a special time slot, Without a Trace's season finale drew 14.4 million, easily topping ER (9.2 mil, up 1.2 mil). ABC's Traveler sneak peek (8.8. mil) fell short of the Thursday-at-10 debuts of both October Road (14.38 mil) and Men in Trees (11.9 mil).
UPDATE: I just changed the headline because though I didn't research the numbers earlier, I now see the trades noting that Betty hit an all-time low for a fresh eppy, while CSI and Grey's delivered their lowest numbers ever for Thursday originals.