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November 14, 2008

Anthony Edwards boosts 'ER'; CBS wins Thursday

Edwards A guest appearance by former cast member Anthony Edwards on "ER" helped boost the Thursday night medical drama to its highest rating in five weeks and largest audience in more than a year.

The final season of "ER" continues to win the 10 p.m. hour for NBC, with last night's episode watched by 9.8 million viewers and pulling a 3.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. That's up 16% from last week even though lead-ins "The Office" (8.2 million, 4.0) and "30 Rock" (7.5 million, 3.6) dropped slightly. "My Name Is Earl" (7 million, 2.8) was up 8%, but "Kath & Kim" (5.1 million, 2.1) marked a deepening pothole in the Thursday lineup, falling 13% to a new low.

CBS won the night, with "Survivor" (13 million, 4.1) recovering the 8% it lost last week, followed by unchanged telecasts of "CSI" (18.9 million, 5.1) and "Eleventh Hour" (11.7 million, 3.1). CBS was also the most-watched network and "CSI" the evening’s most-viewed show.

ABC placed second, with "Ugly Betty" (9.2 million, 2.8) and the night’s top-rated series "Grey's Anatomy" (15.6 million, 5.9) both up a tenth, followed by a flat "Life on Mars" (8.9 million, 2.9).

Fox was in fourth place, but both episodes of "Kitchen Nightmares" (averaging 4.8 million, 2.2) were up slightly for the second week in a row.

The CW's "Smallville" (4.4 million, 1.7) grew, "Supernatural" (3.9 million, 1.6) was down a bit, but both are subject to shift further in the nationals this afternoon since the network was preempted in New York.

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2008







3.9/10 Ugly Betty
9.2 mil, 2.8/7
Grey's Anatomy
15.6 mil, 5.9/14
Life on Mars
8.9 mil, 2.9/8
4.1/10 Survivor: Gabon
13.0 mil, 4.1/11
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
19.0 mil, 5.1/12
Eleventh Hour
11.7 mil, 3.1/8
3.3/8 My Name Is Earl
7.0 mil, 2.8/8
Kath & Kim
5.1 mil, 2.1/5
The Office
8.2 mil , 4.0/9
30 Rock
7.5 mil, 3.6/8
9.8 mil, 3.7/10
2.2/6 Kitchen Nightmares
4.6 mil, 2.1/6
Kitchen Nightmares
4.9 mil, 2.3/5
No programming
1.6/4 Smallville
4.4 mil, 1.7/4
3.9 mil, 1.6/4
No programming


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