'Grey's Anatomy' remains healthy, NBC gets great boost from local football game

greys-30-rock-bonesImage Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC; Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC; Adam Taylor/FoxCBS took Thursday among adults 18-49 (3.0 rating/8 share) and viewers (12.6 million) while NBC got a sweet little boost from the Raven/Falcons game that aired on a Peacock affiliate in Baltimore, according to early results. For the exception of The Office - which, at 3.8/10 and 7.6 million, was flat versus last week – all the NBC shows were up on Thursday. Community was up 11 percent to a 2.1/6 (4.8 million), followed by 30 Rock (up 8 percent to a 2.6/7, Outsourced (up 4 percent to a 2.8/7, 6.0 million), and The Apprentice (up 14 percent to a 1.6/5,  4.5 million). Each 18-49 point represents 1.3 million people.

NBC got a nice kick in the pants from the NFL game that aired on the Baltimore station, which is a No. 26 market that reaches 11 million homes. As a result, NBC pretty much tied Fox for third place for the night among 18-49 (2.4/7 versus 2.4/6), according to early returns. Fox averaged 6.9 million viewers for the night while NBC lured 5.5 million. Fox aired originals of Bones (2.5/7 and 9.1 million) and Fringe (1.8/5, 4.8 million). Speaking of which, read Doc Jensen’s super walk-up to last night’s Fringe episode here.

ABC was second for the night in the demo (2.7/7) and viewers (7.7 million).  The repeat of Grey’s Anatomy at 8 did a 1.0/3 and 4.0 million, but the original at 9 averaged a timeslot-winning 4.0/10. It lured 11.2 million. Private Practice scored a 2.9/8 and 8.2 million.  On CBS, Big Bang Theory earned a 4.2/12 and 13 million, followed by $#*! My Dad Says (2.8/8 and  9.7 million), CSI (2.8/7, 12.9 million), and The Mentalist (2.8/8, 13.7 million). It’s always worth reminding everyone that advertisers don’t buy total viewer averages, they buy demo ratings, but boy those audiences stay big for the likes of Marg Helgenberger and Simon Baker.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries won its timeslot among female teens (2.6/9) and came in second in women 18-34 (2.6/8). The fifth-place network was first from 8-10 p.m. among female teens.


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  • Carrie #2

    Community’s ratings went up even though I missed last night’s episode? Sweet haha!

    • RCB

      I’m happy Outsourced is picking up. This show is actually funny!

      Last night’s Apprentice was pretty good too, with one contestant caught cheating.

      Fringe last night was awesome too! One of the best episodes ever.

  • Chris

    The Office was just ok last night. I was hoping for a funnier episode since I had missed it last week. Not sure I’ll be tuning in next week. Watched the first half of Outsourced and it couldn’t keep me the entire half hour. Also tried watching 30 Rock after giving up on it a long time ago and Tracy Morgan drove me back away from it. The show would be better without him.

    • LOL

      Last night’s 30 Rock was one of the better episodes. But, you’re right about Morgan. He’s just terrible.

  • godlike

    Fringe is a dead show, how much longer until Fox moves it to Friday?

    • Christa

      i think they should move it to Wednesday there is nothing on that night!

  • John

    Big Bang was hilarious last night.
    The slumber party was a riot, I can not believe they are able to talk so freely of the human anatomy

  • Sorry but

    who cares about Baltimore?

  • malb

    Fox is just stupid! Change Fringe to Monday at 9 or back to Tuesday. Come on!!

  • Dicazi

    S#*! is S#*!. No man is gonna encourage his brother to see his wife naked again so he can compliment her!!

  • ALS

    Why is it every reviewer out there seems to over look CSI in favour of Grey’s Anatomy? 11 years on and it still pull 12 to 14 million viewers each week but all the press and glory goes to that trumped up soap opera.

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