ABC’s My Generation, assumed certain to be cancelled since its premiere, plummeted to just a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, dow 32% from its already low (1.6) premiere rating. Grey’s Anatomy followed it down, falling 19% to a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, its lowest Fall original telecast ever. Private Practice fell just 9% vs. its premiere to a 2.9 rating. (However, in the retentionista bizarro world, it improved!)

On CBS, even the great and powerful Woz couldn’t save The Big Bang Theory from falling 12% to a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating (maybe it would have been more without Woz!). $#*! My Dad Says fell to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 18%. CSI fell 12% from its premiere to a 3.0 rating for adults 18-49. The Mentalist slipped 12% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox shows fared better than most vs. their premieres. Bones fell “just” 7% vs. last week to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. While Fringe fell 10% to a 1.9 rating.

On NBC, without Betty White, Community fell 14% vs. its premiere to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. The only Thursday show to hold steady vs. its premiere, 30 Rock scored another 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The Office’s 3.7 adults 18-49 rating was down 14% from its premiere. Outsourced fell 20% vs. its premiere to a 2.8 rating. It wasn’t its premiere last week, but The Apprentice held even with a 1.4 rating, which ties the series all time low.

On the CW, Vampire Diaries slipped a tenth of a ratings point in the CW target women 18-34 demo to a 2.5 rating. Nikita fell to a 1.1 rating for women 18-34, down 15% from last week’s 1.3.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 30, 2010

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.3 14 12.966
FOX Bones 2.4 8 9.182
NBC Community 1.9 6 4.514
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.5 5 3.230
ABC My Generation 1.1 4 4.135
8:30 CBS $#*! My Dad Says 3.2 10 10.443
FOX Bones 2.6 8 9.945
NBC 30 Rock 2.6 8 5.688
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.5 4 3.148
ABC My Generation 1.1 3 3.740
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.3 12 11.836
NBC The Office 3.7 10 7.300
CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 3.0 8 13.254
FOX Fringe 1.9 5 5.393
CW Nikita 1.1 3 2.775
9:30 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.6 12 12.627
CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 3.0 8 13.379
NBC Outsourced 2.8 7 5.805
FOX Fringe 2.0 5 5.488
CW Nikita 1.0 3 2.709
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 3.0 9 14.695
ABC Private Practice 3.0 9 8.453
NBC The Apprentice 1.4 4 3.633
10:30 CBS The Mentalist 2.9 9 14.408
ABC Private Practice 2.7 8 7.615
NBC The Apprentice 1.4 4 3.748

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.6/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.1/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.2/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.6/6). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) trailed “Late Late Show” (0.6/4).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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