ABC edged CBS for the overall adults 18-49 ratings on Thursday night, but FlashForward continued to slip in the ratings. After a two week layoff, Fringe dropped sharply to a 1.7 rating.
The extraordinarily good results for Univision on the night were all the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards, which aired during their entire primetime from 8-11pm.

Although it won the night, all ABC shows slid a bit in the ratings. FlashForward was down 4% to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. If that number holds up in the final ratings that would be the show’s lowest rating ever. Grey’s Anatomy pounded the competition again at 9pm, but was down 4% from last week as well to a 5.0 rating. Private Practice inched out The Mentalist at 10pm, but was down 3% to a 3.5 rating.

CBS was mostly status quo from last week, Survivor: Samoa and CSI were both even, while The Mentalist was down 6% to a 3.4 rating.

Some actual good news for NBC at 8pm, as both Community (2.3 rating, its best results at 8pm) and Parks & Recreation (2.2 rating, its season high) were up 10% from last week. The seesaw went the other way at 9pm as The Office was down 7% to a 3.9 rating, and 30 Rock was down 6% to a 2.9 rating. The Jay Leno Show was up 7% to a 1.6 rating.

Perhaps Fox was in a bit of a World Series hangover (or as several commenters have suggested scheduling confusion), but after a 2 week baseball hiatus it slumped on the night with Bones down a tenth of a rating point to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, and Fringe plummeting 0.5 points to a 1.7 rating.

For the CW, Vampire Diaries was flat vs. last week in adults 18-49 ratings, and Supernatural slipped to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down from a 1.3 rating last week.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Thursday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (0.9/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS’s Late Show (0.9/4) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS’s Late Late Show (0.5/3).
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.5 10 12.270
ABC FlashForward 2.5 7 8.574
FOX Bones 2.4 7 8.027
NBC Community 2.3 6 5.641
CW The Vampire Diaries 2.0 6 4.260
8:30 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.9 10 13.143
FOX Bones 2.6 7 8.899
ABC FlashForward 2.6 7 8.372
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.2 6 4.935
CW The Vampire Diaries 2.0 5 4.166
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.8 12 13.344
NBC The Office 3.9 10 7.941
CBS CSI 3.4 9 15.062
FOX Fringe 1.7 4 5.140
CW Supernatural 1.2 3 2.759
9:30 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 5.1 13 13.899
CBS CSI 3.4 9 15.210
NBC 30 Rock 2.9 7 5.940
FOX Fringe 1.7 4 4.763
CW Supernatural 1.2 3 2.654
10:00 ABC Private Practice 3.6 10 9.594
CBS The Mentalist 3.5 9 15.513
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.7 5 4.765
10:30 CBS The Mentalist 3.3 10 15.222
ABC Private Practice 3.3 10 8.770
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.6 5 4.679

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