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TV Ratings Thursday: 'X Factor' Steady, Most Shows Down, 'Charlie's Angels,' 'How to Be a Gentleman' Close in On Cancellation

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October 7th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.8/10 2.9/8 2.1/6 2.0/5 1.6/4 1.0/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.0/9 1.7/5 1.7/5 2.0/6 1.8/5 1.1/3
Total Viewers (million) 11.205 11.690 6.880 4.657 3.341 2.258

With the Yankees battling for life (and losing!) against the Tigers on TBS, most broadcast shows were down for the night. Fox can console itself with a nightly win in adults 18-49 but the Yankees' loss is bad news for Fox as it marks the first time since 2006 that either the Yankees or Red Sox didn't make the ALCS.

Fox's The X Factor was basically steady versus last week with a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. That's down 3% from last week,  but if the typical trend holds, it will gain that back in the final numbers.

CBS's The Big Bang Theory scored a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, topping all broadcast shows for the night, but it was down 10% from last week's 4.9 adults 18-49 rating. How To Be A Gentleman inched closer to cancellation with a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 7% from last week's premiere . Between its lead-in and the Tigers-Yankees game Person Of Interest took a hit, also down 7% to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Mentalist was the lone show rising on the week, up a tenth to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Charlie's Angels dropped to a pitiful 1.2 adults 18-49, down 20% and surely on the verge of being cancelled. Grey's Anatomy fell 17% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, a series low. Private Practice fell 21% from its premiere to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Over on NBC, Community fell 17% to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and Parks & Recreation fell 10% to a 1.9 rating. The Office was down 11% to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, it's lowest-rated episode since April 26, 2005. Whitney fell 8% to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Prime Suspect was steady with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

The CW's Vampire Diaries was down a tenth to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, and The Secret Circle was off two-tenths to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 6, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.4/13 13.63
FOX The X Factor 3.5/10 10.59
NBC Community 1.5/5 3.37
ABC Charlie's Angels 1.2/4 5.93
CW Vampire Diaries 1.2/3 2.55
8:30 CBS How To Be A Gentleman 2.5/7 7.82
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.9/5 4.13
9:00 FOX The X Factor 4.1/10 11.82
NBC The Office 3.1/8 5.71
ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.0/8 8.50
CBS Person Of Interest 2.5/6 11.46
CW The Secret Circle 0.8/2 1.96
9:30 NBC Whitney 2.3/6 4.88
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.7/7 12.89
ABC Private Practice 2.2/6 6.21
NBC Prime Suspect 1.5/4 4.93

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Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

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

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