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Thursday Ratings: Grey's Anatomy still the demo king, Survivor stays strong

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February 20th, 2009

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 13.92 11.47 8.04 6.24 4.61 2.12
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.9/10 4.2/11 3.0/8 2.5/7 1.9/5 0.8/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.2/6 4.1/12 2.6/7 2.1/6 2.2/6 1.0/3

A typical Thursday of mixed leadership with CBS grabbing the most viewers and ABC winning the age demographics.  Survivor may be long in tooth with the Tocantins edition,  but it's holding up pretty well with both viewers and demos about the same as last week's premiere.  With the continuation of the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice crossover, Private Practice won the 10pm hour and easily so in the age demographics over Eleventh Hour. The return of Noah Wyle as Dr. Carter didn't seem to do much for ER's ratings.

I confess, I'm still watching Hell's Kitchen.  Yes, I like Lost, Battlestar Galactica , Life on Mars, Life, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Supernatural, but sometimes you have to take the edge off with a little bit of Gordon Ramsay.

Speaking of Supernatural, did you ever notice how at least in the aggregate, the Thursday CW shows do better in repeats than some of the shows targeted at women 18-34 do with original episodes?

Among 18-49s, CSI delivered its lowest original episode ratings for the series excluding airings on Thanksgiving.

The Office and 30 Rock were repeats last night.

Ugly Betty came in third place in viewers, and fourth in the 18-49 demo during the 8pm hour.

For comparison, here's last Thursday's overnight report.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Survivor: Tocantins 13.67 4.5/12 2.7/8
FOX Bones 9.50 2.9/8 2.3/7
ABC Ugly Betty 7.65 2.3/6 2.3/7
NBC My Name is Earl 6.72 2.6/7 2.2/7
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.93 1.9/5 2.2/7
CW Smallville (Repeat) 2.28 0.9/2 1.0/3
8:30 NBC Kath & Kim 5.13 2.2/6 2.0/6
9:00 CBS CSI 16.85 4.4/11 2.4/6
ABC Grey's Anatomy 15.39 5.9/14 5.8/15
FOX Hell's Kitchen 6.58 3.2/8 2.8/8
NBC The Office (R) 5.84 2.7/7 2.8/8
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5.36 2.2/5 2.6/7
CW Supernatural (Repeat) 1.97 0.8/2 1.0/3
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 4.85 2.1/5 1.9/5
10:00 ABC Private Practice 11.37 4.5/12 4.3/12
CBS Eleventh Hour 11.23 2.7/7 1.5/4
NBC ER 7.44 2.7/7 1.9/6
UNI Rosa de Guadalupe 3.54 1.5/4 1.8/5

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. 

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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