Down. Down. Down.  That was the theme everywhere.

CBS won the night, beating out ABC, but it wasn’t a great night for the eye network either.

Last night new episodes of The Mentalist and CSI swapped their normal time slots.   At 9pm The Mentalist scored a 2.8 with adults 18-49, down 15% from the last new episode of CSI, and down 18% from its last new episode at 10pm, it was its lowest rating for an original episode.

Earlier in the night Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains scored a 3.5, down only 3%, and considering it had a week off, then aired on Wednesday last week instead of Thursday it performed well, and of course, it also had CBS’s best 18-49 rating of the night.

CSI also scored a 2.8, its lowest original episode ever.

Bones and Fringe were not welcomed back with open arms after nearly two months between new episodes.  Bones returned to a 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 and Fringe a 2.2.  The last new episode of Bones on February4 had a 3.3 rating, and Fringe a 2.6.

NBC ran two hours of reruns of The Office followed by a new episode of The Marriage Ref at 10pm that scored a 2.7 2.2  with adults 18-49, up down .2 from last week (and .3 from the 2.5 in the final numbers)

Grey’s Anatomy with a 3.5 rating with adults 18-49 was down 5% from last week and had its lowest-rated episode.  Private Practice was down 7% to a 2.7 rating with the 18-49 crowd and saw its lowest-rated episode for a Thursday.

FlashForward dropped to a 1.4 with adults 18-49, down 22% to another series low.  It just barely squeaked out a victory over the CW’s Vampire Diaries (1.3) in the hour.

Details for Thursday April 1, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains 3.5/12 11.08
FOX Bones 2.4/8 8.44
NBC The Office (R) 1.6/6 4.04
ABC FlashForward 1.4/5 5.07
CW Vampire Diaries 1.3/4 2.80
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.5/10 9.75
CBS The Mentalist 2.8/8 13.93
FOX Fringe 2.2/7 5.97
NBC The Office (R) 1.8/5 4.03
CW Supernatural 1.1/3 2.39
10:00 CBS CSI 2.8/8 13.21
ABC Private Practice 2.7/8 7.83
NBC The Marriage Ref 2.2/7 5.26

Late Night Results:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.0/7 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (3.0/7) and out-delivered ABC’s combination of “Nightline (3.1/7) 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” (1.1/5 ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over “Late Show” (0.9/4), “Nightline” (1.1/4) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.6/3).
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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