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TV Ratings Thursday: 'X Factor' Drops, Still Leads Fox Win; 'Whitney,' 'Prime Suspect' Hit Lows As NBC Has Worst In-Season Thursday Ever

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October 14th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.6/10 3.1/8 2.4/6 1.9/5 1.4/4 1.1/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.9/9 1.8/5 1.8/5 2.1/6 1.6/5 1.2/4
Total Viewers (million) 10.828 12.244 7.452 4.512 3.170 2.325

Fox's The X Factor was down four tenths of a point (10%) vs. last week to a series low 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. Blame the ALCS? It has seen upward adjustments in the final ratings this season which will likely narrow that decline. That was still enough to put Fox on top the nights adults 18-49 ratings.

CBS's The Big Bang Theory scored a season low 4.4 adults 18-49 rating down a tenth from last week's rating, but still easily topped all broadcast shows for the night. Person Of Interest recovered up a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. The Mentalist drew a season low 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 7% from last week.

Charlie's Angels rose a tenth of a point (8%) to a still "cancel me now" 1.3 adults 18-49. Grey's Anatomy recovered from last week's series low, up 10% to a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Private Practice was up smartly (14%) to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Over on NBC, Community rose 13% to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and Parks & Recreation also rose (5%) to a 2.1 rating. The Office was up a tenth to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Whitney fell 13% to a series low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Prime Suspect slid 13% to a series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. I believe the Cancellation Bear has its scent. Update: It was NBC's lowest rated in-season Thursday night with adults 18-49 ever.

The CW's Vampire Diaries jumped 14% to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, and The Secret Circle was even with last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 13, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.4 14 13.258
FOX The X Factor (8-10p) 3.6 10 10.828
NBC Community 1.7 5 3.819
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.4 4 2.810
ABC Charlie's Angels 1.3 4 5.959
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8:30PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 3.7 10 11.991
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.1 6 3.995
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9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.4 9 9.692
NBC The Office 3.2 8 6.050
CBS Person Of Interest 2.7 7 11.859
CW The Secret Circle 0.8 2 1.841
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9:30PM NBC Whitney 2.0 5 4.205
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10:00PM CBS The Mentalist 2.5 7 12.250
ABC Private Practice 2.4 6 6.705
NBC Prime Suspect 1.3 3 4.501
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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

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," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). 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 1.0/4 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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