Free of the NFL Draft, most broadcast primetime shows enjoyed a recovery from last Thursday on the first night of May sweeps, as Survivor again lead a CBS ratings win on the night. ABC’s Flash Forward didn’t join in the rebound though, falling 6% from last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, and was again beaten in that rating by the CW’s Vampire Diaries.

CBS recovered across the board although not to brag worthy levels in the later hours, as Survivor was up 11% vs. last week to a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating, and was the top rated show of the night. CSI was up 7% to a 3.0 rating, and The Mentalist was up 7% to a 3.2 rating.

After the dip from Flash Forward, ABC was in recovery mode as well, Grey’s Anatomy was up 9% to a 3.8 rating vs. its last original on 4/1. Private Practice was up 15% to a 3.0 rating from its last regular timeslot original on 4/1.

Coming off several season lows from last week, NBC’s trends were mostly up, although its absolute numbers in many cases were still weak. Community rose 25% from last week to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, and Parks & Recreation matched it at a 2.0 rating, flat vs. its last original episode on 3/25. The Office was up 13% from last week’s season low to a 3.6 rating, and 30 Rock increased 16% from last week to a 2.9 rating. The Marriage Ref recovered by 5% vs. last weeks series low to a 2.0 rating.

Fox didn’t join in the overall updraft on Thursday, as Bones‘ 2.5 adults 18-49 rating was even with last week, and Fringe fell 5% to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Although beating Flash Forward again, the CW’s Vampire Diaries was flat vs. last week in adults 18-49 (1.6 rating), and women 18-34 (2.4 rating). After hitting season highs last week, Supernatural was even with last week’s preliminary number of a 1.5 women 18-34 rating.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.1/8 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (3.1/8) and topped ABC’s combination of “Nightline (3.1/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.4/5) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.8/4; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) tied 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) out-delivered “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast and a 0.4/3 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 3.8 13 11.977
FOX Bones 2.4 8 8.691
NBC Community 2.0 7 4.589
ABC FlashForward 1.6 5 5.389
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.6 5 3.455
8:30 CBS Survivor: Heroes v. Villians 4.2 13 13.159
FOX Bones 2.7 8 9.582
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.0 6 4.266
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.6 5 3.339
ABC FlashForward 1.5 5 4.882
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.6 10 10.005
NBC The Office 3.6 11 7.089
CBS CSI 2.9 8 13.170
FOX Fringe 2.1 6 5.849
CW Supernatural 1.1 3 2.450
9:30 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.0 11 10.634
CBS CSI 3.1 9 13.883
NBC 30 Rock 2.9 8 5.690
FOX Fringe 1.9 5 5.288
CW Supernatural 1.1 3 2.304
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 3.3 10 14.837
ABC Private Practice 3.0 9 7.927
NBC The Marriage Ref 2.0 6 4.492
10:30 CBS The Mentalist 3.1 9 14.545
ABC Private Practice 2.9 9 7.678
NBC The Marriage Ref 1.9 6 4.299

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