Ratings Rat Race: ‘Grey’s', ‘Private Practice’ Up; ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Secret Circle’ Flat

By | Friday January 6, 2012 @ 8:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC and the CW returned to originals last night with CBS, NBC and Fox sticking to reruns. The premiere of ABC’s Winter Wipeout (2.8/8 among adults 18-49) was down 26% from its January 2011 premiere but up from the special Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Bones’ Up, ‘Outsourced’ Flat, Everyone Else Down On Thursday

Nellie Andreeva

Once again, usage in the 8 PM hour was down week-to-week as viewers adjust to the switch to daylight saving time. Last night, the drop was bigger than usual, 12.4%. All 8 PM shows were impacted. Fox’s American Idol (5.6/18 in adults 18-49, 19 million viewers) was down the most, 16%, from last Thursday. ABC’s Winter Wipeout (2.0/7) was down 9% from its most recent original on Feb. 24. NBC’s newly renewed Community (1.7/6) was down 6% for a season low, while new comedy Perfect Couples (1.2/4) was down 14% from Feb. 24 for a series low.

At 9 PM, Fox’s Bones (3.4/10, 11.9 million) bucked the down trend, up 6% in 18-49 and 13% in viewers from last week. ABC tried out 10 PM medical drama Private Practice in the tentpole 9 PM position occupied by the series that spawned it, Grey’s Anatomy. The result was not pretty: Private Practice drew a 1.9/6, down 17% from its most recent original for a series low. Following an Office rerun, NBC’s Parks and Recreation (1.8/5) was down 25% from its last original, which followed a new Office, to tie its series low. NBC had the only original offerings in the 10 PM hour: 30 Rock (1.7/5), down 26% for a series low, and Outsourced (1.4/4), flat and tied as a series low. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘CSI’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Hit Lows Against ‘American Idol’

Nellie Andreeva

Two hours of Fox’s American Idol (7.2/20 in adults 18-49, 21.6 million viewers) dominated another Thursday, delivering the highest numbers on the night with non-sports programming for any network in 3 years (18-49) and 4 years (total viewers). The reality series … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC And NBC Sink To Thursday Lows

Nellie Andreeva

What a depressing overnight ratings report we got this morning. ABC and NBC posted their lowest Thursday nights with original programming this season with all of their series hitting or tying season lows in 18-49. CBS’ The Big Bang Theory also hit a season low. Fox’s American Idol and Bones, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Holds Steady While Several Series Hit/Tie Lows

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s American Idol (7.2/20 in adults 18-49, 21.7 million) continues to hold up well. Its first Hollywood week episode last night was down just 4% in the demo and 1% in total viewers from last week’s Thursday audition episode. Vs. … Read More »

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RATING RAT RACE: ‘Idol’ Holds While ‘Perfect Couples’, ‘Parks & Recreation’ Drop

Nellie Andreeva

As February sweep kicked in last night, we had our first all-original Thursday competition on the broadcast networks since the return of American Idol. As expected, the newest entry, midseason comedy Perfect Couples (1.4/4) was the hardest hit by Idol,Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Idol’ Holds, ‘Bones’ Up While NBC Comedies Slip

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s American Idol continued to keep the pace from premiere week last night, while Bones rose to its best showing in 4 years. But, after a stronger than expected debut last week, NBC’s 3-hour comedy block is starting to show cracks.

Just like it did on Tuesday, American Idol held nicely to its premiere week numbers. Last night, the hourlong show from 8-9 PM drew a 7.6/21 in adults 18-49 and 22.3 million total viewers, down only 3% from last Thursday. Helping things was the fact that Idol‘s biggest competition in the 8 PM hour, CBS’ hit comedy The Big Bang Theory (2.4/7), was a repeat last night vs. an original last week, as was the rest of the CBS lineup except for freshman comedy $#*! My Dad Says (2.3/6), which needs to use up its fresh episodes before it hands off the 8:30 PM slot to Rules of Engagement next month. Against Idol, $#*! dropped 18% in the demo from last week after earlier this month logging matching week-to-week performances behind an original an repeat Big Bang. Also taking a ratings hit in the 8 PM hour was ABC’s reality series Winter Wipeout (2.4/7), down 8% last night, following a 28% drop in its first face-off against Idol last week. Like CBS, ABC aired repeats for the rest of the night. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Idol’ Down Thursday, Okay Start For NBC’s All-Comedy Block

Nellie Andreeva

The good news is that Fox has finally established the elusive Thursday beachfront with American Idol. The bad news is that it came with a price, sending the reality hit to its lowest-rated second night premiere ever. Surprisingly, the casualties were limited for the Thursday 8 PM shows under assault; … Read More »

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ABC Slates ‘Take The Money And Run’ Reality Series Thursdays At 8 PM

Nellie Andreeva

After promising early showings for Winter Wipeout in the challenging for ABC Thursday 8 PM slot, the network is sticking with reality in the hour for the rest of the season. After Winter Wipeout finishes its run, ABC will launch … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Wins With ‘Wipeout’, ‘Grey’s’ & ‘Off The Map’ Do-Over

Nellie Andreeva

ABC delivered a solid ratings performance with Winter Wipeout (3.6/11) slipping only 5% from its very impressive debut last week and Grey’s Anatomy (4.4/12), up 5% from last week. At 10 PM, a repeat of the premiere of new medical … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Great Start For ‘Wipeout’

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s summer reality hit Wipeout made a successful transition to winter. The debut last night of Winter Wipeout (3.7/11, 11.6 million) turned the lights on for ABC at 8 PM on Thursday in a big way, finishing No.1 in the … Read More »

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