William Petersen’s farewell episode on CSI was the big draw on Thursday night, boosting CBS to nightly wins for viewership and adults 18-49, but even with all those viewers, it could only finish third for adults 18-34. ABC assisted by the duo of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice drew in the youth, winning the race for adults 18-34 for the night and finishing second for adults 18-49.

On a farewell Thursday (President Bush, William Petersen), CSI’s 23.1 million viewers at 9pm towered over the competition. Grey’s Anatomy and The Office were still reasonably close for adults 18-49, and both finished better for adults 18-34 with Grey’s just edging out The Office for the win. At 9:30, 30 Rock recovered from its bruising last week vs. the BCS Championship, back to decent, if not Fey/Palin-esque demo numbers. And once again, Kitchen Nightmares demonstrated that it is no longer a show that should be on broadcast prime-time on Thursdays.

Eleventh Hour, like CSI, dominated the viewership race at 10pm as well as adults 18-49, but couldn’t hold off the ABC competition, Private Practice, which won the adults 18-34 demo. ER’s final season was recently extended a few more episodes, but it didn’t turn any heads with its performance on Thursday.

Nothing much to say about the 8pm hour, both because it was mostly reruns and the Presidential Address scrambled these fast affiliate numbers to the extent that drawing any conclusions based on them is unwise.

Note that the Presidential address at 8pm Eastern will cause all these Fast Affiliate Ratings to be adjusted in the final numbers. See below for more information.

Edit from Seidman: we don’t normally post final numbers, but since last night was such a mess due to the Bush address, I’ve added them below the overnight results — courtesy of “Travis Yanan” (you haters of unnecessary quotes – it’s not his real name, it’s a pseudonym) on Marc Berman’s forums.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share 18-34 Rating/ Share
8:00 CBS CSI* (repeat) 11.560 2.6/7 1.6/5
NBC My Name is Earl* (repeat) 7.178 2.4/7 2.3/7
ABC Scrubs (repeat)* 6.634 1.9/5 1.5/5
FOX Kitchen Nightmares* (repeat) 4.599 1.7/5 1.4/4
UNI Cuidado con el Ángel* 4.397 1.7/5 2.0/6
CW Smallville 4.147 1.8/5 1.8/5
8:30 CBS CSI (repeat) 15.778 3.7/10 2.1/6
NBC My Name is Earl 5.987 2.4/6 2.2/6
ABC Scrubs (repeat) 4.771 1.8/5 1.7/5
UNI Cuidado con el Ángel 4.514 1.7/5 2.0/6
CW Smallville 4.398 1.9/5 1.9/5
FOX Kitchen Nightmares (repeat) 3.661 1.5/4 1.4/4
9:00 CBS CSI 23.127 6.2/15 3.8/10
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 12.946 5.3/12 5.2/13
NBC The Office 8.346 4.3/10 5.0/13
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.802 1.9/4 2.1/5
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 4.280 2.0/5 1.8/5
CW Supernatural 2.960 1.2/3 1.3/3
9:30 NBC 30 Rock 6.587 3.2/7 3.4/9
10:00 CBS Eleventh Hour 15.514 4.3/11 2.7/7
ABC Private Practice 8.658 3.4/9 3.4/9
NBC ER 6.984 2.8/7 2.1/6
UNI Rosa de Guadalupe 3.843 1.6/4 1.7/5

*The results for all the networks except the CW in the 8pm half hour (in the Eastern time zone) include the Presidential Address which lasted about 15 minutes.

Thursday broadcast finals

Scrubs (R, 8:16pm, 14 minutes)
– 4.891 million viewers
– 3.2/5 HH
– 1.6/4 A18-49

Scrubs (R, 8:30pm)
– 4.791 million viewers
– 3.1/5 HH
– 1.8/5 A18-49

Grey’s Anatomy (62 minutes)
– 13.099 million viewers
– 8.5/13 HH
– 5.3/12 A18-49

Private Practice (58 minutes)
– 8.494 million viewers
– 5.8/9 HH
– 3.3/8 A18-49

CSI (R, 8:15pm)
– 15.515 million viewers
– 9.6/15 HH
– 3.6/9 A18-49

CSI (9:15pm, 61 minutes)
– 24.246 million viewers
– 14.4/22 HH
– 6.6/16 A18-49

Eleventh Hour (10:16pm, 59 minutes)
– 13.159 million viewers
– 8.3/14 HH
– 3.4/9 A18-49

My Name is Earl (R, 8:18pm, 12 minutes)
– 6.147 million viewers
– 3.9/6 HH
– 2.2/6 A18-49

My Name is Earl (8:30pm)
– 5.991 million viewers
– 3.7/6 HH
– 2.5/6 A18-49

The Office (31 minutes)
– 8.491 million viewers
– 4.9/7 HH
– 4.4/10 A18-49

30 Rock
– 6.634 million viewers
– 4.0/6 HH
– 3.2/8 A18-49

ER (59 minutes)
– 6.950 million viewers
– 4.6/8 HH
– 2.7/7 A18-49

Kitchen Nightmares (R, 8:20pm, 40 minutes)
– 3.697 million viewers
– 2.3/4 HH
– 1.5/4 A18-49

Kitchen Nightmares (9pm)
– 4.364 million viewers
– 2.7/4 HH
– 2.0/5 A18-49

– 4.299 million viewers
– 2.6/4 HH
– 1.8/5 A18-49
– 1.8/5 A18-34

– 2.982 million viewers
– 1.8/3 HH
– 1.2/3 A18-49
– 1.3/3 A18-34

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 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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