NBC’s The Office
With 3 of the 5 broadcast networks airing their regular fall lineups there were ups and downs. NBC can be cheered by the premiere of Community, but the return of Parks & Recreation and The Office were both well down from last season’s premieres, while Jay Leno slipped from Wednesday’s results. On Fox, Bones opened up over its premiere last season, a rare result, but Fringe was down. CBS’s Survivor: Samoa premiere was down sharply.

On the CW, Vampire Diaries was down from its premiere last week 24% to a 1.6 rating for adults 18-49 (from a 2.1), and 26% to a 1.7 rating for adults 18-34 (from a 2.3). That’s quite a drop in blood pressure. Supernatural fell 14% to a 1.2 rating for adults 18-49 (from a 1.4), and 13% to a 1.3 rating for adults 18-34 (from a 1.5).

Bones opened up 3% with a 3.0 rating for adults 18-49 vs. last season’s (9/10/08) 2.9/9, 8.908 million. Any increase in broadcast television is a rare event. Fringe was down 9% to a 2.9 rating for adults 18-49 vs. last season’s 2 hour premiere after House (9/9/08) 3.2/9, 9.047 million. Not a bad result in its new timeslot.

Survivor: Samoa opened down 22% to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating vs. last season’s Gabon premiere (9/25/08) 4.5/11, 12.914 million.

NBC’s The Office started off down 18% with a 4.0 18-49 rating vs. (9/25/08) 4.9/11, 9.195 million. Parks & Recreation fared even worse, down 30% to a 2.1 18-49 rating vs. last season’s (4/9/09)  3.0/9, 6.77 million. The bright spot for the night was Community which held 93% of Office’s 18-49 audience to premiere with a 3.7 rating. The Jay Leno Show fell to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, down from the fast affiliate 3.0 18-49 rating on Wednesday.

Hourly show results below:

(A18-49 rating, viewers)

CBS: Survivor (3.5, 11.5 million)
FOX: Bones (3.0, 10.097 million)
NBC: Weekend Update (2.0, 5.7 million)
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (R) (1.2, 4.309 million )
CW: Vampire Diaries (1.6, 3.8 million)


NBC: Parks & Recreation (2.1, 5 million)


NBC: The Office (4.0, 8.1 million)
FOX: Fringe (2.9, 7.978 million)
CBS: CSI (R) (2.0, 8.8 million )
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (R) (1.7, 5.55 million)
CW: Supernatural (1.2, 2.800 million)


NBC: Community (3.7, 7.680 million)


NBC: The Jay Leno Show (2.7, 8.524 million)
CBS: The Mentalist (R) (1.9, 8.745 million )
ABC: Private Practice (R) (1.0, 3.43 million )

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.0/7 1.6/7 6.40
FOX Bones (R) 1.5/5 1.3/5 5.19
NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.1/4 0.9/4 3.79
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (R) 0.9/3 0.7/3 3.38
CW Smallville (R) 0.6/2 0.5/2 1.28
8:30 NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 1.0/3 0.8/3 2.97
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.5/8 2.4/9 7.40
CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (R) 1.4/4 0.8/3 7.48
NBC The Office (R) 1.3/4 1.2/4 3.17
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (R) 1.0/3 0.7/3 3.31
CW Supernatural (R) 0.5/2 0.6/2 1.27
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.3/4 1.1/4 3.03
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.8/6 1.2/4 8.26
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.2/4 0.7/2 4.17
ABC Private Practice (R) 0.7/2 0.6/2 2.39
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