Against mostly ABC & NBC repeats, the Fox and CBS lineups rose vs. their last original episodes, but with repeats early, NBC’s The Marriage Ref had a series low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating down 9% from last week.

CBS had little trouble sweeping through the ratings night on Thursday. Survivor was up 6% from last week to a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, and was the top rated show of the night. CSI was up 6% from its last 9pm original (3/11) to a 3.5 rating, and The Mentalist was up 3% from its last 10pm original (3/11) to a 3.5 rating.

On Fox, Bones’ 2.7 adults 18-49 rating was up 13% from last week, while Fringe’s 2.3 rating was up 5% from last week.

ABC’s FlashForward bounced off its series low rating last week, up 7% to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

CW’s line up rebounded, as Vampire Diaries was up 26% to a 2.4 rating in the CW target women 18-34 demo, and Supernatural was up 17% with women 18-34 to a 1.4 rating.

via NBC press blurb:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.2/8 in metered-market households) topped CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.1/6 with an encore telecast delayed by golf coverage) and ABC’s combination of “Nightline (3.0/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.5/5) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1.2/5 ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over “Late Show” (0.6/3 with an encore telecast delayed by golf coverage), “Nightline” (1.0/4) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.6/3).
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5, delayed by golf coverage). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3, delayed by golf coverage).
  • 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.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Heroes v. Villians 3.5 11 11.614
FOX Bones 2.6 9 9.394
ABC FlashForward 1.6 5 5.503
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.6 5 3.472
NBC Community (repeat) 1.2 4 3.357
8:30 CBS Survivor: Heroes v. Villians 3.9 12 12.744
FOX Bones 2.8 9 10.178
ABC FlashForward 1.7 5 5.393
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.6 5 3.520
NBC Parks & Recreation (repeat) 1.3 4 3.196
9:00 CBS CSI 3.5 10 14.897
FOX Fringe 2.3 7 6.759
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.9 6 4.162
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 1.4 4 4.870
CW Supernatural 1.2 4 2.964
9:30 CBS CSI 3.5 10 15.167
FOX Fringe 2.2 6 6.166
NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.6 5 3.723
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 1.4 4 4.700
CW Supernatural 1.1 3 2.585
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 3.5 10 16.225
NBC The Marriage Ref 2.2 6 5.018
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 1.1 3 3.736
10:30 CBS The Mentalist 3.4 10 15.927
NBC The Marriage Ref 2.0 6 4.518
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 1.0 3 3.478

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