Thursday ratings: The World Series dominates, but 'Vampires' comes up big

The World Series predictably dominated the night, giving Fox the big win and putting a dent in several shows’ numbers: Survivor, Flash Forward, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, 30 Rock, and Private Practice were all down from last week. The CW’s Vampire Diaries, though, posted its best ratings since its premiere.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. 2009 World Series (Fox)
Survivor: Samoa (CBS)
FlashForward (ABC)
Community (NBC)
The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (NBC) 5.0
9:00 p.m. CSI (CBS)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
Supernatural (The CW)
9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (NBC) 6.0
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)
Private Practice (ABC)
The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

Source: Nielsen

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  • Sparky

    Love that with every week the ratings for TVD keeps getting bigger…

  • Jill

    I’m honestly curious…..who still watches Survivor? Is it really that good?

    • Mike

      Jill- I’ve been a fan since day one, and while this season isn’t as good as some of the others, it’s still Survivor and I’ll still continue to watch til CBS cancels (unlikely because of how cheap it is to produce vs how good the ratings are) or Burnett and Co. call it quits. And I for one hope that day never comes!

    • HarkerJ

      It’s the only show I watch in as close to real time as possible. The rest I get to when I have time. I make time for Survivor. I just find it complicated and compelling even in seasons like this one that aren’t the best. : )

  • JT

    Interesting how Vampire Diaries is a hit when it gets less viewers than Leno (which is deemed a failure).

    • Sparky

      TVD is a hit for a small network like the CW whose core audience are young adults. Leno on the other hand is not performing as well with NBC which was the top rated network at one point, many, many seasons ago…

    • Chris

      Put Vampire Diaries on NBC in that timeslot and it would also be a failure. But with it being on the CW it’s a monster hit! Look at the other ratings for the CW and you will understand why.

    • stacy

      It also has a lot to do with the demographics. TVD’s main demographics (18-29yr olds or whatever the category is) is the most coveted by adveritsers because they are the group with the most disposable income. Whereas I am sure very few 18-29 year olds are wtaching Leno…which blows.

  • Al

    the vampire diaries is on the WB where ratings of 3 million viewers and above are solid ratings. On NBC however, in primetime, Leno’s ratings aren’t up to snuff.

  • Lola

    Why are so many people still watching Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy?!?

    • steve

      Probably because they like it.

  • C

    Leno also attracts a very old audience – not at all appealing to advertisers.

  • joey

    Private Practice is awful and I was about to give up on greys but this year has turned out to be one of the best seasons

  • Matt2

    Private Practice has certainly grown into a power this season with its overall viewer numbers, but its demo numbers (consistently in the 3.6 or higher range)make it the number one show at 10pm and more importantly, it consistently gives ABC two of the highest rated programs, demographically, on the night. Grey’s demo numbers are in a stratosphere all by itself, usually anywhere from +5m to +6m and thus the number one scripted drama in America.

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