TV Ratings: Private Practice Crossover Boost; Bones High; Grey’s, CSI, 30 Rock, Leno Hit Lows
A crossover episode with Grey’s Anatomy boosted Private Practice ratings to their second highest level this season as ABC won the ratings race on Thursday. But Grey’s itself fell to an all time low for a new episode. With limited broadcast competition, Bones ratings hit a season high. No controversy boost evident for Leno as The Jay Leno Show hit its lowest Thursday ratings ever.
While ABC won the night, its ratings success was all backloaded as the crossover episode boosted Private Practice ratings 31% from its last original episode on 12/1/09 to a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. But a repeat Grey’s an ABC News Haiti Earthquake Special at 8pm may have dragged down Grey’s the regular episode at 9, as the regular timeslot Grey’s Anatomy fell 8% from its last original episode on 11/19/09 to a 4.7 rating, its lowest original episode rating ever.
Fox enjoyed an up night, as Bones was up 6% from its last original episode (12/10/09) to a 3.3 rating, a season high, and its highest rating since 11/12/08. Fringe may have benefited from its post-House episode on Monday as it rose 13% from its last original Thursday episode to a 2.6 rating, its highest since the season premiere.
Considering it went with a repeat at 8pm, CBS didn’t fall that far, but CSI was already trending down this season and falling 6% from its last original episode (12/17/09) put it at a series low original episode rating of 3.3. The Mentalist was down 3% from its last original (12/17/09) to a 3.4 rating.
The limited 8pm broadcast competition seemed to help NBC too, as Community was up 10% from its last original episode (12/10/09) to a 2.3 rating and Parks & Recreation held steady (vs. 12/10) with a 2.1 rating. 30 Rock proved to be not such a good lead in for itself, as the regular timeslot 30 Rock fell 30% from its last original episode (12/10) to a season low 2.3 rating. No controversy boost evident for The Jay Leno Show, as it fell 7% from last Thursday to a 1.3 rating, its lowest Thursday ever.
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating||18-49 Share||Viewers Live+SD (Millions)|
|CBS||The Mentalist (repeat)||1.8||5||9.093|
|ABC||Haiti News Special||1.3||4||5.517|
|CW||Vampire Diaries (repeat)||0.7||2||1.730|
|CBS||The Mentalist (repeat)||2.1||6||10.178|
|NBC||Parks and Recreation||2.1||6||4.593|
|ABC||Haiti News Special||1.4||4||5.303|
|CW||Vampire Diaries (repeat)||0.7||2||1.626|
|NBC||The Jay Leno Show||1.4||4||4.507|
|NBC||The Jay Leno Show||1.3||4||4.317|
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