Rob premiered to a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating, which is none too shabby.  But don’t get ahead of yourself. First, next week it faces the Thursday season premiere of American Idol, second keep in mind that back in the day $#*! My Dad Says premiered with a 4.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating before ultimately fading (to what still would’ve been good ratings for a comedy on any network not named CBS) and getting canceled.  Still, CBS had its best 8:30p Thursday performance for a regularly scheduled program in viewers and adults 18-49 since Survivor on May 13, 2010.

Person of Interest saw highs with adults 18-49 (3.2) and total viewers (14.7 million).  The Mentalist’s 2.7 adults 18-49 rating was even versus its last original. Earlier in the night The Big Bang Theory’s 5.2 adults 18-49 rating was up 13% from its last original in early December.

Over on Fox it was a different story. Fox launched The Finder with an episode of Bones and that didn’t go too well.  Bones, on its own at 8p, could muster only a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and the premiere of The Finder at 9pm could only find a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Normally that would lead to some very quick prognostications of doom, but all hope is not lost.  Next week The Finder has the benefit of an American Idol lead in.

ABC was second on the night though against original competition this week it fell across-the-board vs. last week.  Wipeout was down 19% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and Grey’s Anatomy was down 16% to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. Private Practice was down 11% to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

30 Rock returned with a modest (by NBC standards) 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 31% from last season’s premiere and its lowest rated season premiere ever. Parks & Recreation averaged a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, up 13% from its last original five weeks ago and The Office’s 2.9 adults 18-49 rating was flat vs. its last original.  Up All Night’s 2.0 in its new day/time was up 5% from its last Wednesday original.  The Firm in its normal timeslot fell 29% to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Hello, Saturday night?


Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.2/15 15.93
FOX Bones 2.4/6 8.63
ABC Wipeout 2.2/6 7.13
NBC 30 Rock (Season Premiere) 1.8/5 4.57
CW Vampire Diaries 1.2/3 2.81
8:30 CBS Rob (Series Premiere) 4.1/11 13.48
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.9/5 4.10
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.8/9 10.59
CBS Person of Interest 3.2/8 14.73
NBC The Office 2.9/7 5.87
FOX The Finder (Series Premiere) 1.7/4 5.45
CW The Secret Circle 0.8/2 2.06
9:30 NBC Up All Night 2.0/5 4.28
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.7/7 13.40
ABC Private Practice 2.4/6 6.70
NBC The Firm 1.0/3 4.24

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Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.9/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.9/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.3/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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