NBC’s new shows, Parks & Recreation and Southland continued their slides on Thursday night, both managing only a 2.0 in the adults 18-49 demo. That continued erosion dragged NBC behind Fox for the night into fourth place. With overall results nearly identical to last Thursday, ABC topped the night, followed closely by CBS.

My Name is Earl absolutely cratered, hitting its lowest original rating ever. Ugly Betty was up a tick from last Thursday. Survivor was up 0.3 18-49 demo points from last week. Bones and Smallville were stable.

Grey’s Anatomy was up a bit from its historic low last week, but CSI matched its low. The Office was up a tick from its lowest original episode rating of this season. 30 Rock matched its lowest rating of the season with a new Office lead-in. Hell’s Kitchen was down 0.1 point in the demo from last week.  Supernatural was stable.

Michael J. Fox can still bring it. His Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable won the 10pm hour with a 3.3 demo rating only a few ticks behind the Private Practice finale last week (although we’re advised there was a small Grey’s overrun during the period). NBC’s Southland, down another tick in the demo vs. last week and finished well behind a CSI repeat.

With NBC already having renewed both Parks & Recreation and Southland for next season, things are looking ever more dire for them.

For reference you can check out past Thursday night fast affiliate ratings reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share  Viewers Live+SD (Millons)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Tocantins  3.9 12 2.1 8 11.971
  FOX Bones  2.3 7 1.8 7 8.622
  ABC Ugly Betty  2.1 7 2.0 8 7.495
  NBC My Name is Earl  1.7 6 1.5 6 4.425
  CW Smallville  1.5 5 1.5 5 3.399
  UNI Cuidado con el Angel  1.3 4 1.4 5 3.634
8:30 NBC Parks And Recreation  2.0 6 2.3 8 4.638
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy  5.3 14 5.1 15 15.326
  NBC The Office  3.8 11 4.5 14 7.712
  CBS CSI  3.5 9 1.9 6 14.577
  FOX Hell’s Kitchen  2.7 7 2.1 6 6.532
  UNI Manana Es para Siempre  1.8 5 2.0 6 4.463
  CW Supernatural  1.2 3 1.2 4 2.785
9:30 NBC 30 Rock  2.9 8 3.0 9 6.172
10:00 ABC Michael J. Fox: Adventures…  3.3 9 2.3 8 10.590
  CBS CSI (repeat)  2.4 7 1.5 5 9.721
  NBC Southland  2.0 6 1.7 6 6.504
  UNI Mujeres Asesinas  1.6 4 1.7 6 3.757


Shows are sorted from highest 18-49 rating to lowest in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. 


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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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