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Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' Tops Night; ABC and Fox Tie for First

Tim Kenneally
March 22, 2013

"Grey's Anatomy" drew the night's top ratings Thursday night, combining with the season premiere of "Wipe Swap" to give ABC a tie for first with Fox. Meanwhile, NBC's troubled freshman comedy "1600 Penn" slid to a new low, according to preliminary numbers.

Fox tied ABC for first in ratings with a 2.7 rating/7 share and took first place outright in total viewers with 8.8 million total viewers. The "American Idol" results show at 8 p.m. dipped 7 percent in total viewers from last week, drawing a  2.8/9, but ticked up slightly in total viewers for 11.7 million, making it the night's most-watched program. "Glee" the following hour drew even with last week for a 2.0/5 and had 5.9 million total viewers.

ABC took second place in total viewers with 7.6 million. The season premiere of "Wife Swap" at 8 posted a 1.7/5 -- up 42 percent from its last season premiere in April 2010, but down 29 percent from this February's premiere of "Celebrity Wife Swap" -- and had five million total viewers. "Grey's Anatomy" the following hour grew 12 percent over last week to take the night's best ratings with a 2.9/8 and had 9.1 million total viewers. Returning after a month, "Scandal" was even with its last original with a 2.7/8 and took 8.6 million total viewers.

Univision came in third in ratings and fourth in total viewers with a 1.7/5 and 3.9 million.

CBS took fourth place in ratings and third in total viewers with a 1.6/5 and 4.7 million. The network ran the NCAA Basketball Playoffs -- down 6 percent from last year's preliminary numbers, though the nature of live sports render the network's numbers for the night approximate.

NBC came in fifth in ratings and total viewers with a 1.0/3 and 3.1 million. "Community" at 8 drew even with last week, tying a series low of 1.1/4 and had 3 million total viewers. Running in the "Parks and Recreation" timeslot at 8:30, "1600 Penn" drew a 0.9/3 -- down 44 percent from last week's "Parks and Recreation" -- and had 2.5 million total viewers. Following a repeat of "The Office," another "1600 Penn" episode at 9:30 took a 0.8/2 -- down 20 percent from last week, and a new series low -- and had 2.3 million total viewers. A "Law & Order: SVU" repeat closed out the night.

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