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TV Ratings Thursday: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Scores at 8pm; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Tops Night With Young Adults; ‘My Generation’ Premiere Stalls

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September 24th, 2010

Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX Uni CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.7/11 3.4/10 2.6/7 2.4/7 1.7/5 1.3/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.5/8 3.2/10 2.8/9 2.1/7 1.8/6 1.5/5
Total Viewers (million) 14.369 9.428 5.731 7.812 4.138 3.394

CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and viewers and ABC was second and NBC third.

Big Bang Theory scored a 4.8/15 (rating/share) with adults 18-49, up 1/10th over last year's premiere on Monday night at 9:30 following Two and a Half Men.  It was also up 41vs. the first half hour of the Survivor premiere last year.  $#*! My Dad Says was second best in the hour with a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating and nearly 12.5 million viewers, and was up 7% vs. the second half hour of last year's Survivor premiere.As expected Community got crushed at 8:00pm but it performed as well as or better than it did most of the time last season.  It was down against last season's premiere, and by a lot, but last season it premiered a week earlier and was on at 9:30 after The Office.  It was actually up 16% vs. its first 8pm episode last season, despite the Big Bang competition.

The Office was up a couple of tenths from last year's premiere on September 17, 2009 when it had more of the night to itself.  The premiere of Outsourced, with a 3.5 rating was down, but just a Touch from what Community premiered with following The Office last year.

30 Rock was down 0.4 from its debut last year to a 2.6 rating with adults 18-49, but last year it had a 4.1 lead-in from The Office rather than a 2.2 lead-in from Community.   30 Rock was up about 25% vs. last year's premiere of Parks & Recreation at 9:30p on September 17, 2009.

Justin Bieber is no Taylor Swift when it comes to CSICSI was down 17% with adults 18-49 versus its premiere last year to a 3.4 rating.

Grey's Anatomy had the highest adults 18-49 rating of the night with a 5.3, but this was down 21% from last year's final numbers with adults 18-49.   The Mentalist was the night's most-watched show with over 15 million viewers, and its 3.3 rating with adults 18-49 was down 8% vs. last year's finals.

Bones held up OK at 8pm with a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, though it too was down 13% from last year's premiere.  Last year Bones premiered a week earlier.  As was typical last year when there was full competition, and new shows on NBC at 9pm, Fringe wasn't strong with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Fringe was down 30% from last year's premiere, but like Bones, last week it premiered a week earlier (that night its only new competition was on NBC and CW).

Here are some notes on the CW shows:

Vampire Diaries was up from last week in key categories, including 12% in adults 18-34 (1.9/6), 8% in women 18-34 (2.6/8), 14% in adults 18-49 (1.6/5) and 20% in viewers (3.6mil).  Vampire popped back up to premiere levels in adults 18-34 and 18-49.

Vampire Diaries ranked first in the hour in female teens.  TVD also beat the premiere of My Generation (if that means anything) in adults 18-34 and women 18-34.

Nikita was flat week to week in total viewers (3.2mil) but off a 0.1 in demos.

Late-night results are below the primetime table.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 23, 2010

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Bang Theory (Season Premiere) 4.8/15 13.95
FOX Bones (Season Premiere) 2.7/8 9.79
NBC Community (Season Premiere) 2.2/7 5.01
ABC My Generation (Series Premiere) 1.6/5 5.22
CW Vampire Diaries 1.6/5 3.57
8:30 CBS $#*! My Dad Says (Series Premiere) 3.9/12 12.48
NBC 30 Rock (Season Premiere) 2.6/8 5.85
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy (Season Premiere) 5.3/14 14.04
NBC The Office (Season Premiere) 4.3/11 8.40
CBS CSI (Season Premiere) 3.4/9 14.57
FOX Fringe (Season Premiere) 2.1/6 5.83
CW Nikita 1.1/3 3.22
9:30 NBC Outsourced (Series Premiere) 3.5/9 7.44
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (Season Premiere) 3.3/10 15.33
ABC Private Practice (Season Premiere) 3.3/10 9.02
NBC The Apprentice 1.4/4 3.85

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via NBC press note:

• In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.1/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.3/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

• At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/6). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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