ABC Tops Thursday as Lineup Grows

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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ABC's Thursday night lineup once again won the night for the network, but this time "Ugly Betty," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Big Shots" all enjoyed slight week-to-week increases.

"Ugly Betty" (3.5) and "Grey's Anatomy" (7.7) were both up a notch in preliminary Nielsen ratings among adults 18 to 49. "Big Shots" was the biggest gainer of the night, up 8 percent to a 3.9.

For the other networks, however, growth was scarce amid continued third-week settling.

CBS came in second with "Survivor: China" holding steady with a 4.5, "CSI" down slightly to a 6.0 and "Without a Trace" hitting a series-low 3.6.

NBC's comedy block came in third, with "My Name Is Earl" down a bit to a 3.1 and the second week of "30 Rock" dropping 12 percent to a 3.0. "The Office" was up a tick to a 4.7. At 10 p.m., "ER" continues to fall, down another 8 percent to a 3.4.

Fox was fourth with "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" down a notch to a 2.3 and "Don't Forget the Lyrics" holding steady with a 1.8.

On The CW, "Smallville" and "Supernatural" matched last week's rating of 1.9 and 1.2, respectively.
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