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Thursday Ratings: With CBS Away, Grey's And Practice Come Out To Play

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February 6th, 2009

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 11.820 9.221 8.630 6.701 4.495 3.612
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.5/12 3.4/9 2.2/6 2.9/8 1.8/5 1.5/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 4.5/13 2.7/8 1.3/4 2.6/8 2.1/6 1.5/4

With CBS in reruns, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice played ABC to a sweeping win on Thursday night. Fox's Thursday spring line up showed its strength as well, taking second in viewers and both demos as Bones swept the 8pm hour.

At 8pm, Bones is settling in nicely, winning the hour. It was up two ticks in the 18-49 demo since it's last new episode. Ugly Betty was almost dead even with it's last new episode, while My Name is Earl and Kath & Kim were both down. Get your Kath & Kim while you can, it's not coming back. Smallville was mixed in the age demos vs. last week.

With CBS resting the CSI dreadnought, Grey's Anatomy won easily at 9pm, up a couple adults 18-49 rating ticks from its last new episode. The Office was down three ratings ticks in both demos from its last new episode. So much for post-Super Bowl promotion! Hell's Kitchen was down sharply, 1.4 adults 18-49 demo rating points, from it's premiere that followed American Idol. Next week's The results of its next new show on 2/19 against all new competition will be telling. Supernatural was down a few demo ratings points from last week. 30 Rock fell 0.2 18-49 demo points from its last fresh outing.

With a new Grey's at 9, and reportedly sync-ed up plotlines, Private Practice nearly doubled its 18-49 demo from last week, and did double its 18-34 demo, dominating the 10pm hour. PP loves to have Grey's company! ER was down noticeably, 0.4 18-49 ratings points, and 0.6 18-34 demo rating points, even with a CBS repeat. Where have you gone, George Clooney!

For comparison here are last Thursday's fast affiliate results.

Full details:


Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share 18-34 Rating/ Share
8:00 FOX Bones 10.759 3.2/9 2.3/7
ABC Ugly Betty 7.273 2.4/7 2.2/7
CBS The Big Bang Theory (repeat) 6.174 2.0/6 1.2/4
NBC My Name Is Earl 6.160 2.5/7 1.8/6
UNI Cuidado con el Ángel 4.641 1.8/5 2.1/7
CW Smallville 3.882 1.6/4 1.6/5
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 5.949 2.0/5 1.4/4
NBC Kath & Kim 4.717 2.0/5 1.7/5
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 15.196 5.8/14 5.8/15
CBS CSI (repeat) 11.652 2.7/7 1.6/4
NBC The Office 8.396 4.3/11 5.0/14
FOX Hell's Kitchen 7.683 3.5/9 3.0/8
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5.282 2.2/5 2.5/7
CW Supernatural 3.342 1.3/3 1.4/4
9:30 NBC 30 Rock 6.333 3.0/7 3.1/8
10:00 ABC Private Practice 12.990 5.4/14 5.6/16
CBS Eleventh Hour (repeat) 8.176 2.0/5 1.2/3
NBC E.R. 7.299 2.7/7 1.9/6
UNI Rosa de Guadalupe 3.561 1.5/4 1.7/5

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Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

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