Fast National ratings for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
ABC won the battle of the two-hour season premieres Thursday night, continuing a strong ratings week for the network.
The Alphabet earned a 10.1 rating/16 share for the night, topping second-place CBS, 7.1/11, by a pretty wide margin. NBC finished third at 4.8/8. FOX, 2.8/4, took fourth, while The CW came in at 2.4/4.
ABC also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 6.0 rating. CBS, 3.8, was second in the advertisers' coveted demo, edging NBC's 3.6. FOX averaged 2.0 and The CW 1.5.
CBS took the lead at 8 p.m. with the premiere of "Survivor: Gabon," 7.8/13. ABC's "Ugly Betty" began its third season with a 6.6/11. Back-to-back episodes of "My Name Is Earl" earned a 3.9/6 for NBC. FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" was fourth, finishing just ahead of "Smallville," 2.6/4, on The CW.
The season premiere of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" surged to the front at 9 p.m. with an 11.8/18. "Survivor: Gabon" slipped a little in its second hour, finishing with a 7.5/11. The hour-long premiere of "The Office" scored a 5.3/8 for NBC (and beat CBS in the 18-49 demo for the hour). A second hour of "Kitchen Nightmares," 2.9/4, kept FOX ahead of The CW and "Supernatural."
"Grey's Anatomy" snagged an 11.9/19 for ABC at 10 p.m., beating a "CSI" repeat, 6.1/10, on CBS and the season premiere of "ER," 5.1/8, on NBC.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.