ABC, the seemingly forever-struggling broadcast network, wound up in first place for the first week of the new season among adults 18-49, according to the latest ratings from Nielsen Research. Much of the credit went to Grey's Anatomy, which moved to Thursday night and beat out CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the usual weekly winner. NBC also had plenty to brag about as it finished in second place for the week, improving 12 percent in its overall numbers for the first week of last season (18 percent among adults 18-49) and despite a disastrous debut for its expensive new Wednesday-night series Kidnapped. CBS remained ahead in overall viewers. The overall ratings averages broke down this way: 1. CBS, 8.3 rating/14 share; 2. ABC, 8.0/13; 3. NBC, 7.1/12; 4. Fox, 4.7/8.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 15.8/23; 2. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 14.7/22; 3. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 13.7/20; 4. Dancing With The Stars (performance show), ABC, 12.1/19; 5. CSI: Miami, CBS, 11.4/17; 6. Without a Trace, 11.1/18; 7. CSI: NY, 10.7/17; 8. Brothers & Sisters, ABC, 10.5/17; 9. Criminal Minds, CBS, 10.2/17; 9. (tie) Dancing With the Stars (results) 10.2/17.