In a very close Thursday night overall, ABC edged Fox and CBS for the nightly adults 18-49 ratings win, while Vampire Diaries and NBC’s comedies gained vs. their last new episodes.
The first night of the February sweeps period was a close one ratings-wise at the top, but not a particularly strong one overall.
ABC was hobbled by the dead weight that is The Deep End, which sank 28% vs. last week to just a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. That certainly crushed their night’s average and may have directly hurt Grey’s Anatomy which was down 4% vs its last original episode to a series low 4.5 adults 18-49 rating for an original episode. Private Practice also fell, down 6% vs. its last original episode.
CBS was dragged down a bit by the Surviving Survivor special at 8, which had a 2.3 rating. When Survivor premieres next week, the competition will not get off nearly so easily. CSI was up slightly compared to its last original (1/21) episode to a 3.2 rating, while The Mentalist increased 6% to a 3.3 rating.
Fox was down vs. last week, but Fringe fans can be relatively pleased by its performance vs. full broadcast competition. Bones fell 8% to a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, while Fringe fell 13% to a 2.6 rating.
NBC’s comedies all recovered vs. their last original episodes on 1/21. Community was up 5% to a 2.2 rating. Parks & Recreation increased 15% to a 2.3 rating. The Office was up 3% to a 3.8 rating, and 30 Rock gained 7% to a 2.9 rating. The Jay Leno show seems to be going out like a lamb, its 1.2 rating tied its lowest for a Thursday.
I watched Supernatural, recorded Bones thanks to my evening class. What did you watch, ONTD?
ETA: Apparently in some areas, shows on the CW were pre-empted due to a basketball event - source says the DC area.