Friday, September 26, 2008

Thursday ratings drop for 'Ugly Betty,' 'The Office'

Oh no, say it isn't so! Last night's premieres were substantially lower than in years past, and it seems like not one show was immune to this outbreak.

According the The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed, "Grey's Anatomy" had an impressive 18.3 million viewers, but it was down 18% from last year. "Ugly Betty" premiered to a solid 9.8 million, but was down 15% from 2007. Even though ABC's ratings slipped a little from the previous year, the network won the night.

NBC's highly anticipated "The Office" premiere held strong with 9.2 million viewers, but slipped 9% from last year. Its lead-in, "My Name Is Earl," however, lost the most viewers, down 29% with 6.4 million viewers.

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