Nellie Andreeva

It may have been the NFL draft after all. After a miserable ratings performance with across-the-board series lows last Thursday against ESPN’s telecast of the NFL draft, the broadcast networks rebounded last night, the opening night of the May sweep.

On CBS, Survivor (4.0 rating/13 share in adults 18-49), once again the top program on Thursday night, was up 11% from last week. CSI (3.0/8) bounced back by 7%, same as The Mentalist (3.2/9). On NBC, Community (2.0/7) made the most dramatic rebound, up 25% from last week’s season low. The Office (3.6/11) was up 13% and 30 Rock (2.9/8) up 16%. The Marriage Ref (2.0/6) was up one tenth week over week, while Parks & Recreation (2.0/6) was flat. On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy (3.8/11), which aired a repeat last week, was up 9% from its last original, while Private Practice (3.0/9) gained 15%. But the ABC show that needed a ratings bounce the most, bubble freshman Flash Forward at 8pm (1.5/5) was down -6% from last week. And a sobering note to put the other ratings gains in perspective. Many series were still way down from their season averages last night. Fox’s Bones (2.5/8) was flat, while Fringe (2.0/6) was down 5% but on par with its season average. CBS won the night in adults 18-49 (3.4/10) and total viewers (13.6 million).

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