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Updated TV Ratings: FlashForward flashes brightly, Grey's annihilates CSI, The Mentalist

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September 25th, 2009

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Scoreboard ABC CBS FOX NBC Uni CW
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 5.8/16 3.7/10 2.5/7 2.3/6 1.5/4 1.4/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 5.6/16 2.2/6 2.1/6 2.4/7 1.6/5 1.6/5
Total Viewers (million) 15.33 13.97 7.33 5.26 3.77 3.22

FlashForward off to a good start, Survivor Samoa beaten in viewers for the first time in an eternity, but actually up versus last week despite the FlashForward premiere.

Fringe was down, but the night is definitely still up for FOX, who took third for the first official Thursday of the season.

Those predicting Grey's Anatomy would pull adults 18-49 ratings similar to House -- you were right, and I bow down to you!  We'll have to see the final tallies to know whether Grey's or House was top scripted 18-49 show for the week.  Either way, Grey's put a whipping on CBS' CSI and The Mentalist in terms of adults 18-49.  But next week, The Mentalist will go head-to-head with Private Practice and should fare better.

CSI and Grey's were both down from last year, CSI sharply down from last  year's a 7.0/17 with adults 18-49 and 22.9 million viewers. Grey's last year premiered to a 7.4/18 and 18.5 million viewers

Ratings highlights for FlashForward via ABC:

ABC took first place on the opening Thursday of the season in viewers and all key Adults (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54), beating second-place CBS by 1.3 million viewers and by 57% in Adults 18-49. In fact ABC won all 6 half-hours of the evening in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.  It was ABC’s 2nd straight year to lead the season-opening Thursday on both Nielsen measures.

ABC’s series debut of FlashForward won the 8 o'clock hour in viewers and young adults, beating out CBS' time-period veteran Survivor: Samoa by 11% in Adults 18-49.  FlashForward gained viewers and young adult audience throughout its telecast.

  • Despite its early time period, FlashForward was the #2 TV show of the night in AD18-49, topping both CSI and The Mentalist, and behind only Grey’s Anatomy.
  • In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, FlashForward registered as the biggest drama premiere on any network in the 8 o’clock hour since January 2008 – since Fox’s debut of Sarah Conner Chronicles on 1/13/08, which had the enormous advantage of airing after an ultra-high-rated NFL playoff game on that night (Cowboys-NY Giants).
  • In viewers and young adults, it was ABC’s best performance in the time period with regular programming in 20 months – since 1/31/08.

Ok, so it doesn't mention that it was the lowest premiere in Grey's Anatomy history, that said, everything tailed off during last year, and last night's numbers were above the levels Grey's finished last season.

From CBS:

The second season premiere of THE Mentalist on its new night improved the 10:00-11:00 PM year ago time period premiere of  ”Eleventh Hour” and the second episode of SURVIVOR: SAMOA increased last week’s deliveries in viewers and demos, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Thursday, Sept. 24.More

From FOX:

BONES:

  • Week two of BONES posted a 2.7/8 among Adults 18-49 and so far this fall is outperforming its Thursday average last season by +7% among Adults 18-49, +10% among Adults 18-34, and +2% among Total Viewers.
  • Compared to FOX's Fall'08 time period performance with regular programming, BONES is up +71% among Adults 18-49, +35% among Adults 18-34, and +140% among Total Viewers.  BONES ranked No. 3 in the hour among Adults 18-49 and No. 2 in Adults 18-34.

Fringe:

  • Week two of Fringe posted a 2.3/6 among Adults 18-49.  So far this season Fringe shows substantial gains compared to FOX’s regular programming in the time period last Fall, increasing +37% among Adults 18-49 and +58% in Total Viewers.
  • Fringe ranked No. 4 in the 9p hour among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 ABC FlashForward (series premiere) 4.1/12 12.41
CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.7/11 11.87
FOX Bones 2..7/8 8.80
NBC SNL Weekend Update Thursday 1.8/5 4.66
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.7/5 3.81
8:30 NBC Parks & Recreation 1.8/5 4.22
9:00 FOX Fringe 2.3/6 5.85
ABC Grey's Anatomy (season premiere) 6.6/17 17.06
CBS CSI (season premiere) 4.1/10 15.72
NBC The Office 3.8/10 7.33
CW Supernatural 1.2/3 2.62
9:30 NBC Community 2.8/7 5.36
10:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy (season premiere) 6.7/18 16.52
CBS The Mentalist (season premiere) 3.4/9 14.33
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.7/5 4.99

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

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Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.0/7 1.6/7 6.40
FOX Bones (R) 1.5/5 1.3/5 5.19
NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.1/4 0.9/4 3.79
ABC Grey's Anatomy (R) 0.9/3 0.7/3 3.38
CW Smallville (R) 0.6/2 0.5/2 1.28
8:30 NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 1.0/3 0.8/3 2.97
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.5/8 2.4/9 7.40
CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (R) 1.4/4 0.8/3 7.48
NBC The Office (R) 1.3/4 1.2/4 3.17
ABC Grey's Anatomy (R) 1.0/3 0.7/3 3.31
CW Supernatural (R) 0.5/2 0.6/2 1.27
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.3/4 1.1/4 3.03
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.8/6 1.2/4 8.26
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.2/4 0.7/2 4.17
ABC Private Practice (R) 0.7/2 0.6/2 2.39
 
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