CBS had the most viewers on Thursday and narrowly bested NBC for an 18-49 victory for the night with NBC taking the 18-34 demographic.

In its second outing Parks & Recreation dropped from a 3.0 rating to a 2.5 rating, but given the switch of lead-ins (from The Office last week, to My Name is Earl last night), and given a series-low 18-49 rating for Earl,  I’d think NBC will still be optimistic for Parks & Recreation. It beat Samantha Who? by a full 18-49 ratings point.

Southland was remarkably consistent, it dropped a mere 10th of an 18-49 ratings point to a 3.1,  although week over week Southland’s lead-in was better last night.  A week ago 30 Rock had a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating at 9:30p, last night it had a 3.5.

Southland is the best show launch NBC has had in a while and given its consistency half hour to half hour, I expect NBC to add “The New Hit everybody is talking about” to the promotions any second now. We’ll have to see what happens next week when there is a new Private Practice.

The Office was the night’s most-watched show with adults 18-49, pulling a 4.1 rating.   CBS won the 8pm hour with reality granddaddy Survivor. Hell’s Kitchen came in third for the 9pm hour with a 3.4 rating, but picked up steam in the second half hour (3.6 vs. 3.3).  Bones out-dueled the  Earl/Parks & Rec combination at 8pm (2.5 vs. 3/7).

CW was in repeats again and ABC was in repeats from 9p-11p again as well.  In  another week where there was no new Grey’s Anatomy, CSI with a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating held steady over last week’s 3.7, though it’s total viewers dropped from 16.36 million last week to 15.42 million last night.  Harper’s Island, which drew a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating in its premiere last week, dropped to a 2.2.

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

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Tocantins 3.5/11 2.2/7 11.62
FOX Bones 2.6/8 2.3/8 8.72
NBC My Name is Earl 2.1/4 1.8/6 5.30
UNI Cuidado con el Ángel 1.8/6 2.1/7 4.60
ABC In the Motherhood 1.4/5 1.2/4 4.70
CW Smallville (Repeat) 0.8/2 0.7/3 1.84
8:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 2.5/7 2.5/8 5.92
ABC Samantha Who? 1.5/5 1.4/5 4.96
9:00 NBC The Office 4.1/11 4.5/14 8.24
CBS CSI 3.8/10 2.1/6 15.42
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.4/9 2.8/8 8.05
UNI Mañana Es Para Siempre 2.1/5 2.3/7 4.87
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (R) 1.5/4 1.2/4 5.19
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.7/2 0.8/2 1.84
9:30 NBC 30 Rock 3.5/9 3.5/10 7.27
10:00 NBC Southland 3.1/9 2.5/8 9.58
CBS Harper’s Island 2.2/6 1.7/5 8.17
UNI Rosa de Guadalupe 1.3/4 1.5/5 3.39
ABC Private Practice (R) 1.3/4 1.1/4 4.42
Half hour data for Southland
10:00 NBC Southland 3.1/9 2.5/8 9.47
10:30 NBC Southland 3.1/9 2.4/8 9.70

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

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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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