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TV Ratings Thursday: Fox Wins Easily, As Most Shows Decline Slightly, But 'Perfect Couples' Crashes

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February 4th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC Uni CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 5.4/14 3.1/8 3.1/8 2.3/6 1.5/4 1.2/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 4.1/12 2.6/8 1.9/6 2.5/7 1.6/5 1.3/4
Total Viewers (million) 15.979 8.726 13.670 4.733 3.683 2.794


The first night of the February sweeps period Fox cruised to an easy win for adults 18-49, but under full broadcast competition most shows were down in the ratings.

American Idol's 7.5 adults 18-49 rating was down just 3% vs. last Thursday, but those results continue to lag well behind last season's comparable Wednesday outings, as it was 21% behind last season's third Wednesday's 9.5 rating. At 9pm, Bones' 3.3 rating was down 15% from last Thursday's season high.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory's 4.3 adults 18-49 rating was up a tenth from its last new episode two weeks ago, while $#*! My Dad Says drew a 2.8 rating, up 22% from last week (when it followed a BBT repeat). At 9pm CSI scored a 3.0 rating, down a tenth vs. its last new episode two weeks ago (no Grissom cameo boost), and The Mentalist's 2.8 rating was even with its last new episode.

ABC's Wipeout gained a tenth of a point (4%) vs. last week to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy with its first new episode in three weeks drew a 4.2 rating down just a tenth (2%) vs. its last new episode. After an even longer layoff, Private Practice's hit a season low 2.6 adults 18-49 rating which was also down a tenth (4%) of a point vs. its last original episode.

Under full CBS & ABC competition, NBC's line up was pushed down (nearly) across the board. Community's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating was down 9% vs. last week, and Perfect Couples fell to a series low 1.4 rating, down 18% from last week. The Office's 3.7 rating was down 7% vs. last week, and Park's and Recreation drew a 2.5 rating, down 17% vs. last week. At 10 pm, 30 Rock's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating was steady, the only NBC show to hold last week's rating. Outsourced was down a tenth of a point (5%) vs. last week to a 1.8 rating, tieing its season low.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries 1.4 adults 18-49 rating slipped 12% vs. last week (although it was up 4% in the women 18-34 demo that CW targets to a 2.4 rating), and Nikita's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating was down 18% vs. last week, and it was down 23% in the women 18-34 ratings to a 1.0 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 3, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 10 6.9 19 20.337
CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.3 12 13.815
ABC Wipeout 2.3 6 7.563
NBC COMMUNITY 2.0 5 4.345
CW THE Vampire Diaries 1.4 4 3.166
8:30 FOX American Idol 10 8.0 21 23.226
CBS $#! My Dad Says 2.8 7 10.503
ABC Wipeout 2.7 7 8.308
CW THE Vampire Diaries 1.5 4 3.194
NBC Perfect Couples 1.4 4 3.065
9:00 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 4.2 11 11.087
NBC The Office 3.7 9 7.303
FOX BONES 3.6 9 10.853
CBS CSI 3.0 8 13.759
CW Nikita 0.9 2 2.436
9:30 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 4.2 11 11.119
FOX BONES 3.1 8 9.500
CBS CSI 2.9 8 13.843
NBC PARKS AND RECREATION 2.5 6 5.050
CW Nikita 0.9 2 2.381
10:00 CBS THE Mentalist 2.9 8 15.253
ABC Private Practice 2.8 7 7.517
NBC 30 ROCK 2.4 6 4.838
10:30 CBS THE Mentalist 2.8 8 14.847
ABC Private Practice 2.4 7 6.764
NBC OUTSOURCED 1.8 5 3.800

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Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

Nielsen's 56 metered markets (with four markets excluded today), household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.2/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.5/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 1.0/4; "Nightline," 1.3/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.6/4).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day DVR viewing" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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