CSI's ratings drop without Gil Grissom

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Last week, CSI said goodbye to its beloved leader of eight-and-a-half seasons, Gil Grissom (played by William Petersen). This week, CSI said goodbye to about seven million viewers, as more than a quarter of the audience decided to not tune in following Grissom's departure.

Don't worry, CSI still topped the night in total viewers (17.5 million), according to The Hollywood Reporter, but placed well below the ballyhooed departure show that drew in more than 24 million. We'll keep a close eye on the show's performance with Larry Fishburne at the helm instead of Petersen.

With CSI down, ABC took the night ratings-wise thanks to a very strong performance from Grey's Anatomy (14.3 million, 5.6 rating/14 share among 18-49 year olds). Private Practice (9.6 million, 3.6/10) and Ugly Betty (7.5 million, 2.4/7) rounded out the winning night.

For Fox, Bones made its Thursday debut and held its own, attracting 10 million viewers and a 2.8/8. However, the numbers were down nine percent from its old home of Wednesday nights. A second airing of Bones in the 9 p.m. time slot fared worse, dropping to 7.5 million viewers and a 2.5/6 score. Hell's Kitchen is expected to take over the time period next week.

NBC's comedy block put it in third with the best numbers going to The Office (8.7 million, 4.6/11) and the worst going to Kath & Kim (4.9 million, 2.2/6). On the CW, Smallville (3.9 million, 1.6/4) and Supernatural (3.0 million, 1.3/3) stayed relatively steady, despite the latter's awesomely titled episode "Criss Angel is a Douchebag."

What did you watch last night?

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