TV ratings: 'ER' finale goes out on top

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 2, 2009

The series finale of "ER" drew a big crowd Thursday, giving both the show and NBC its best ratings on the night in a long time.

NBC averaged a 9.2 rating/15 share for the night, beating out CBS, 7.4/12, for the top spot. FOX came in third with a 4.9/8. ABC, 3.1/5, took fourth overall, and The CW trailed with a 2.2/3.

The "ER" finale also pushed NBC to the top of the adults 18-49 heap with a 5.2 rating. CBS, 3.3, took second in the demographic, ahead of FOX's 2.9. The CW, 1.6, beat ABC, 1.4, for fourth.

An "ER" clip show, 7.0/11, led the 8 o'clock hour in households, but "Survivor: Tocantins," 6.6/11, brought in more total viewers. "Bones" earned a 5.6/9 for FOX. "In the Motherhood," 3.4/6, and "Samantha Who?," 3.2/5, put ABC in fourth, ahead of "Smallville" on The CW.

NBC took sole possession of the lead at 9 with the "ER" finale, 9.6/15. "CSI" drew a 9.0/14 for CBS. FOX stayed in third with "Hell's Kitchen," 4.2/7, and ABC held onto fourth with a "Grey's Anatomy" rerun. "Supernatural" scored a 2.0/3 for The CW.

"ER" improved to 11.1/19 at 10 p.m. "Eleventh Hour" posted a 6.8/11 for CBS, and a "Private Practice" rerun on ABC delivered a 2.7/5.

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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