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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 9, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 9, 2008

The season premiere of CBS’s “CSI” was the number one ranked primetime telecast on broadcast TV for Thursday, October 9, 2008.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” claimed the number two slot, and CBS’s “Survivor: Gabon” rounded out the top three.

Premiere episodes of CBS’s “Eleventh Hour,” ABC’s “Life on Mars,” and “SNL on Thursday Night” also made the top ten.

RANK NAME NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 CSI CBS 23,485,000
2 GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 14,797,000
3 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 13,278,000
4 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 11,373,000
5 LIFE ON MARS ABC 11,333,000
6 SNL:WKND UPDT 10/9(S)-10/09/2008 NBC 10,850,000
7 E.R. NBC 9,408,000
8 OFFICE NBC 9,245,000
9 UGLY BETTY ABC 8,521,000
10 FOX MLB NLCS GAME 1(S)-10/09/2008 FOX 7,735,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (October 9, 2008).

Overall, CBS won the night with an average audience of just over 16.1 million viewers, while ABC took second place with almost 11.6 million average viewers. NBC and FOX claimed third and fourth places with roughly 8.9 million and 7.4 million average viewers, respectively. Univision and the CW followed in fifth and sixth places with average audiences of roughly 4.8 million and 3.6 million viewers, respectively.