CBS easily won Thursday with overall viewers and adults 18-49 with the two hour premiere of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and an hour of The Mentalist.

ABC was second on a night where Grey’s Anatomy saw its lowest adults 18-49 ratings ever for an original episode.

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains premiered to a 4.5/12 rating/share with adults 18-49 between 8p-10p and 14.17 million viewers up around 5 2% versus the premiere of Survivor: Tocatins on February 12, 2009.  At 9pm it bested Grey’s Anatomy with a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating versus Grey‘s 4.3.  For the 9pm hour Survivor had 14.11 million average viewers to Grey’s 12.67 million.

ABC and NBC tied for first with adults 18-34, somewhat of an impressive feat for NBC since it ran with an hour of Office repeats at 10pm.  Earlier in the night Community and Parks & Recreation were on par with  last week’s preliminary numbers with a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

To nobody’s surprise, including FOX’s, a new episode of Past Life at 9pm underperformed a rerun of Bones at 8pm.  And to nobody’s surprise including ABC’s, The Deep End is still DOA at 8pm.

At 10pm The Mentalist easily beat Private Practice with Adults 18-49 and and total viewers, though Private Practice crushed The Mentalist with adults 18-34 (2.9 vs. 2.0) and destroyed it with women 18-34 (4.3 vs. 2.4).

CW’s Vampire Diaries was down a bit and saw lows with adults 18-49 and even with Women 18-34 it was on the low side (perhaps a series low with a 2.4 W18-34 rating).

Here are the ratings notes from CBS:

SURVIVOR (P) was first in households (8.1/13), viewers (14.17m), adults 25-54 (5.6/14) and adults 18-49 (4.5/12) from 8:00-10:00PM. Compared to the one-hour premiere of SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS on the same night last year, CBS was up +1% in households (from 8.0/13), +2% in adults 18-49 (from 4.4/13), even in adults 25-54 and added +540,000 viewers (from 13.63m, +4%). Compared to the first episode of SURVIVOR: SAMOA in September 2009, CBS was up +19% in households (from 6.8/11), +22% in adults 25-54 (from 4.6/13), +25% in adults 18-49 (from 3.6/11) and added +2.49m viewers (from 11.68m, +21%). If the ratings hold, SURVIVOR posted its best household ratings for any episode since February 7, 2008 (premiere of SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA), best adults 25-54 since February 12, 2009 (premiere of SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS), best adults 18-49 since February 19, 2009 (SURVIVOR TOCANTINS) and largest audience since December 13, 2007 (SURVIVOR: CHINA).

THE MENTALIST at 10PM was first in households (9.7/17), viewers (15.72m), adults 25-54 (5.0/10) and adults 18-49 (3.6/10). Compared to the last week, THE MENTALIST was up +4% in households (from 9.3/16), +14% in adults 25-54 (from 4.4/11), +9% in adults 18-49 (from 3.3/09) and added +1.04m viewers (from 14.68m, +7%). If the ratings hold, THE MENTALIST posted season high ratings in adults 25-54, delivered best households and viewers totals since December 17, 2009 and best adults 18-49 since December 10, 2009.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains 4.6/13 14.23
NBC Community 2.3/7 5.25
FOX Bones (R) 2.1/1 8.07
ABC The Deep End 1.5/4 5.67
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.5/4 3.55
8:30 NBC Parks & Recreation 2.3/6 4.99
9:00 CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains 4.5/12 14.11
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.3/11 12.67
NBC The Office 3.7/10 7.40
FOX Past Life 1.4/4 5.31
CW Supernatural 1.0/3 2.49
9:30 NBC 30 Rock 2.9/7 6.09
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 3.6/10 15.72
ABC Private Practice 3.2/9 9.07
NBC The Office (R) 1.7/5 3.42
10:30 NBC The Office (R) 1.4/4 2.78

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