30 Rock on NBC


NBC’s Thursday ratings woes continued, as the season premiere of 30 Rock drew just a 3.0 rating for adults 18-49, down 27% from last year’s premiere. The CW’s Vampire Diaries hit series post-premiere highs in both adults 18-49 and 18-34 among others.

While NBC and Fox tied in adults 18-49 for the night with 2.4 ratings, they’re headed in opposite directions vs. last season. Last season Fox averaged a 1.4 18-49 rating on the comparable night (Hole in the Wall, Kitchen Nightmares), but NBC averaged a 3.5 (My Name is Earl, ER).

Overall for the night, NBC was down 0.4 ratings points from last week to just a 2.4 rating overall, with both the disappointing 30 Rock premiere and The Office Wedding in the rear view mirror, the 9pm hour dragged their numbers down. NBC’s 8pm hour of Community (up 0.1 18-49 ratings points) and Parks & Recreation (down 0.1) was flat overall , as was The Jay Leno Show at 10pm.

Update: Here’s another data point on the 30 Rock premiere ratings disappointment. The last Community episode at 9:30 (10/1/09) drew a 2.9 18-49 rating.

While ABC was flat overall on the night, FlashForward was up fractionally, Grey’s Anatomy was down to a 4.9 18-49 rating, it’s lowest ever, and Private Practice was up 0.2 18-49 ratings points to a 3.9.

CBS was up 0.2 18-49 ratings points overall from last week to a 3.5 rating, but is another net down sharply from the comparable night last season, when it scored a 4.2 rating. Compared to last season, The Mentalist improved their 10pm hour (3.4 rating vs. Eleventh Hour’s 3.2), but both Survivor (3.5 rating vs. 4.2) and CSI (3.6 rating vs. 5.2 ) are down sharply from 10/16/08. Replacing Eleventh Hour with The Mentalist seems not to have made CBS a Thursday power, but instead just held them steady. In today’s broadcast world, that’s almost a win!

The Vampire Diaries party continues at the CW as the show was up 0.2 adults 18-49 ratings points vs. last week. Supernatural was up a fraction in adults 18-49 from last week.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Thursday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (1.0/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE SHOW (1.1/5) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.  Conan prevailed in adults 18-34 (0.8/4 vs. 0.5/2).
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.7/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.7/4).  Jimmy topped Ferguson in 18-34 (0.6/4 vs. 0.3/2).
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.4 10 11.834
ABC FlashForward 3.1 9 9.245
FOX Bones 2.6 8 8.896
NBC Community 2.0 6 5.091
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.8 5 3.854
8:30 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.6 10 11.993
ABC FlashForward 3.2 9 8.994
FOX Bones 2.7 7 9.314
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.0 6 4.687
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.9 5 3.863
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.8 12 13.309
NBC The Office 4.0 10 8.076
CBS CSI 3.6 9 14.828
FOX Fringe 2.2 6 6.225
CW Supernatural 1.2 3 2.647
9:30 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 5.1 13 13.921
CBS CSI 3.7 9 15.369
NBC 30 Rock 3.0 8 6.312
FOX Fringe 2.1 5 5.699
CW Supernatural 1.2 3 2.613
10:00 ABC Private Practice 4.0 11 10.897
CBS The Mentalist 3.5 9 14.733
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.8 5 5.269
10:30 ABC Private Practice 3.7 11 9.948
CBS The Mentalist 3.4 10 14.094
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.7 5 5.16

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