ABC Tops First Night of Sweeps; 'Survivor' Spikes

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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ABC led the first night of November sweeps with "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy" up slightly from last week.

"Betty" had a 3.4 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49, up a tick week to week. "Grey's" was up 5% to a 7.8, but bled 6 minutes into "Big Shots," skewing up its 3.8 rating.

CBS came in second in the demo and first in viewers. "Survivor: China" had its best rating since its premiere with a 4.8. A highpoint: After several seasons of contestants finding and using hidden immunity idols to keep from being voted off, an endangered "Survivor" contestant finally goofed and tried to present a random object at Tribal Council that, as it turned out, was worthless. Host Jeff Probst threw the non-idol into the fire, her competitors laughed, and voted her off. Check out the clip.

CBS followed "Survivor" with "CSI," which hit a season low 5.6, then "Without a Trace," up 18% to a 3.8.

Coming in third, NBC had average outings of "My Name Is Earl" (3.1), "The Office" (4.5), "Scrubs" (3.7, down a notch from last week's premiere) and "ER"(3.7).

In fourth place, after running repeats the past few days because the World Series ended after four games, Fox returned to originals with a two hour "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" (2.5).

The CW's "Smallville" was down slightly in the demo and among adults 18 to 34 (1.7 / 1.9) and "Supernatural" was flat in the demo but up a notch among 18 to 34 (1.3 /1.4).
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