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TV Ratings: Bones, Fringe, Vampire Diares Up; The Deep End Sinks On Topsy Turvy Thursday

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January 29th, 2010


Scoreboard FOX Uni CBS CW NBC ABC
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.3/9 1.8/5 1.8/5 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.5/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.6/8 2.1/7 1.1/3 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.3/4
Total Viewers (million) 10.636 4.254 8.275 3.181 4.178 5.205


Fox's Bones and Fringe had an up night against the mostly repeat competition on a topsy turvy Thursday that saw Fox finish #1 in the adults 18-49 ratings, but had Univision tied for #2 and the CW tied with NBC and ABC for #4. The CW's Vampire Diaries recovered from its sleepy 2010 start to near its season's new episode ratings average. While ABC's The Deep End sinks slowly in the West.

With CBS and ABC effectively on the sidelines, Fox took the ball and ran with it on Thursday night. Bones was up 3% from last week to a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating its highest rated show in over 2 years (11/6/07). Fringe was up 15% to a 3.0 rating, tieing its highest 18-49 rating this season.

The other big beneficiary of the weaker competition at 8pm was CW's Vampire Diaries, which was up 13% from its slow post-repeat gap start last week to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, near its season average for new episodes. Vampire Diaries had its best adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and total viewer (3.72mil) numbers since Nov. 12. Supernatural, however, did not share in the bounty, down 8% from last week to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Even with reduced competition, ABC's The Deep End sank from its premiere, down 6% to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Glug, glug, glug. If the Olympics weren't coming up soon to maul everything else for two weeks I think there might be a reasonable chance that ABC would pull The Deep End off the schedule early to stop the carnage.

The Jay Leno Show was the only new show on NBC, but few noticed, as it fell 14% from last week to a 1.2 rating, it's lowest rated Thursday airing ever.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Thursday night:

  • Conan O'Brien (0.8/3 in 18-49 in local people meters with an encore telecast) outscored CBS's Late Show (0.7/3 with an encore telecast) in Nielsen's 25 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters with an encore telecast) topped CBS's first-run Late Late Show (0.4/3).
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 FOX Bones 3.5 10 11.956
CW Vampire Diaries 1.8 5 3.751
ABC The Deep End 1.7 5 6.089
NBC Community (repeat) 1.6 5 4.209
CBS Live For the Moment (special) 1.1 3 4.920
8:30 FOX Bones 3.7 11 12.782
ABC The Deep End 1.8 5 5.987
CW Vampire Diaries 1.8 5 3.680
NBC Parks & Recreation (repeat) 1.6 4 3.725
CBS Live For the Moment (special) 1.0 3 4.413
9:00 FOX Fringe 3.1 8 9.153
NBC The Office (repeat) 2.1 6 4.561
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.9 5 8.968
ABC Grey's Anatomy (repeat) 1.6 4 5.384
CW Supernatural 1.2 3 2.720
9:30 FOX Fringe 3.0 8 8.653
CBS CSI (repeat) 2.0 5 9.294
NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.7 5 3.880
ABC Grey's Anatomy (repeat) 1.4 4 5.118
CW Supernatural 1.2 3 2.571
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 2.2 6 11.033
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 1.3 4 4.526
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.2 3 4.467
10:30 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 2.3 7 11.022
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.1 3 4.224
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 1.1 3 4.125

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