Eric Dane, Kate Walsh, Grant Show, Audra McDonald, Grey's Anatomy


Thursday TV's Big Gimmick…That Worked! The crossover episodes of Grey's Anatomy (15.2 million, per Nielsen estimates) and Private Practice (13 million) put a charge into both shows, and especially Private Practice. With CSI offering up a rerun, Grey's was easily the night's No. 1 show in total viewers and 18-49-year-olds.

Thanks, Super Bowl! Even opposite the first half-hour of Grey's, the Super Sunday-exposed The Office (8.4 million) was up over its season average in viewers, and boasted the night's third-highest demo rating.

Also Hot: Bones (10.8 million) was an ecstatic Fox's most watched scripted Thursday show in "many years" (i.e., since a Living Single in 1996). Hell's Kitchen (7.7 million) was even bigger than Bones in the demo. 

Also-Rans: Ugly Betty (7.3 million), ER (7.3 million), 30 Rock (6.3 million), My Name Is Earl (6.2 million), Kath & Kim (4.7 million), Smallville (3.9 million), Supernatural (3.3 million).

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