Survivor: Heroes v. Villains lead a CBS ratings win on Thursday, but all CBS news wasn’t good as CSI went low, to just a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. ABC finished at the back of the pack and Flash Forward kept falling, down 12% to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. FF was beaten (for the first time?) by the CW’s Vampire Diaries in the adults 18-49 ratings.

Even in victory, CBS was down on the night, from last week’s 3.5 overall adults 18-49 average. Survivor was stable, but CSI tumbled 11% from its 3.5 adults 18-49 rating last week.

Overall, Fox was up 0.2 adults 18-49 ratings points on the night, but the increase was all Fringe, as Bones was flat vs. last week with a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Fringe was up 4% from last week to a 2.4 rating.

While the CW congratulates itself on the 8pm 18-49 win vs. ABC,  Vampire Diaries was still down a tenth of a ratings point in women 18-34 (to a 2.3 rating in the W18-34 demo). Supernatural was steady from last week in the women 18-34 demo with a 1.4 rating.

The Saturday Night Live in the 2000s (could they have come up with a more ungainly title?) special for NBC did quite well with a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

via NBC press blurb:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.4/9 in metered-market households) topped CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.6/7 with an encore telecast) and ABC’s combination of “Nightline (2.8/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.3/4) 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” (0.7/3 with an encore telecast), “Nightline” (0.9/4) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.4/2).
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/4 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 3.7 12 12.134
FOX Bones 2.8 9 9.742
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.5 5 2.990
ABC FlashForward 1.4 5 4.991
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.4 5 3.779
8:30 NBC The Office (repeat) 1.7 5 3.789
9:00 CBS CSI 3.1 9 13.045
NBC Saturday Night Live in the 2000s 2.7 8 6.539
FOX Fringe 2.5 7 6.675
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 1.4 4 4.658
CW Supernatural 1.2 4 2.441
10:00 NBC Saturday Night Live in the 2000s 3.0 9 6.868
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 2.5 7 11.496
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 1.2 3 3.725

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