ABC narrowly took Thursday honors in adults 18-49 thanks to a boost from a new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” that was heavily promoted as the directorial debut of series star Ellen Pompeo.

CBS won the night in total viewers, however, with a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” The season premiere of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” was down from last season.

“Grey’s Anatomy” led off with a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers, up in the demo compared to last week. “Scandal” followed with a 1.6 and 6 million viewers, up in both measures from last week. At 10 p.m., ABC’s fortunes sank with “The Catch” (0.8, 3.5 million).

“Big Bang Theory” (2.5, 12.6 million) was once again a tentpole for CBS. “The Great Indoors” (1.4, 7.2 million), “Mom” (1.3, 7.1 million) and “Life in Pieces” (1.1, 6 million) were on par with recent deliveries. The season premiere of “The Amazing Race” clocked in with a 0.9 and 4.4 million viewers, down in both measures from last season’s premiere.

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