TV Ratings Thursday: 'Winter Wipeout' Bounces High; 'Big Bang,' 'Money Drop,' 'Grey's,' 'CSI,' 'Mentalist' All Rise

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January 7th, 2011

Scoreboard ABC CBS Uni NBC FOX CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.6/10 3.4/9 1.2/3 1.2/3 1.2/3 0.5/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.9/9 2.2/7 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.342 13.824 3.287 2.977 3.984 1.408

What a difference not airing a repeat at 8pm makes to ABC's Thursday night, as the premiere of Winter Wipeout bounced ABC into the adults 18-49 win.

Winter Wipeout's 3.7 adults 18-49 rating was its second best ever and 32% & 43% above its summer season finale(s) on 9/14/10, and 19% above its summer premiere on 6/1/10. Grey's Anatomy may have gotten a bounce from the big balls, as it was up 5% (vs. 12/2/10) to a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. The bounce had worn off by the time 10pm rolled around, as Private Practice was flat (vs. 12/2/10) with a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS's line up generally returned up, with The Big Bang Theory rising 10% (vs. 12/16) to a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating. $#*! My Dad Says was the only Eye show to not increase, it was even (vs. 12/16) with a 2.9 rating. CSI's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating was up 10% (12/9), and The Mentalist came off a series low on 12/9, rising 25% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox's Million Dollar Money Drop was up 8% (vs. Tuesday) to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 6, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.4 13 14.015
ABC Wipeout 3.4 10 11.042
FOX Million Dollar Money Drop 1.3 4 4.245
NBC COMMUNITY - R 1.0 3 3.044
CW THE Vampire Diaries - R 0.5 2 1.445
8:30 ABC Wipeout 4.0 12 12.135
CBS $#! My Dad Says 2.9 8 10.856
FOX Million Dollar Money Drop 1.5 4 4.975
NBC 30 ROCK - R 1.3 4 3.193
CW THE Vampire Diaries - R 0.5 1 1.389
9:00 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 4.2 11 11.808
NBC The Office - R 1.7 5 3.980
FOX BONES - R 0.9 3 3.246
CW Nikita - R 0.4 1 1.360
9:30 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 4.2 11 11.517
NBC OUTSOURCED - R 1.3 3 3.161
FOX BONES - R 1.0 3 3.471
CW Nikita - R 0.5 1 1.438
10:00 CBS THE Mentalist 3.1 9 15.047
ABC Private Practice 2.9 8 8.119
NBC The Office - R 1.0 3 2.188
10:30 CBS THE Mentalist 2.9 8 14.577
ABC Private Practice 2.6 8 7.431
NBC The Office - R 1.2 3 2.296


Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.1/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.6/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 1.0/4; "Nightline," 1.4/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7./4

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.6/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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