In another close Thursday night, CBS and ABC battle it out, with CBS just barely nudging ahead in households, but ABC wins in the coveted A18-49 demo.
CBS finished first for the evening with an 11.1/17 HH rating and second in A18-49 with a 6.0 rating. – 18.27M total viewer average.
- At 9 PM, CSI delivered a 14.1/21 (7.9/19), 23.49M viewers, besting last week’s performance (13.5/20 HH rating and 7.5/8 A18-49 rating, 22.04M viewers)
- Opposite of Six Degrees, Shark holds on very nicely from last week, delivering a 9.5/16 (4.2),14.72M viewers. (Down just a tad from last weeks 9.8/16, 4.3 A18-49, 14.95M viewers). That is a very good hold for this new show, and good news for CBS, though the A18-49 rating needs a little work, as is often the case with CBS shows.
ABC followed in second place with a very close 11.0/17 HH rating, and first in A18-49, delivering a 6.2 rating in that demo. – 16.27M total viewer average.
- Ugly Betty premieres to good numbers, delivering a 10.7/17 (4.9/14) 16.09M viewers. This is better than last week’s Six Degrees premiere, more on that in a second.
- Grey’s Anatomy delivered more households, but less viewers than CSI, it scored a 14.9/22 (9.4/22), 23.31 million viewers. This is down from last week’s numbers (15.7/23 HH rating and a 10.9/26 A18-49 rating, 25.14M viewers). The 23.31M viewers are still well ahead of Grey’s performance last year, and in A18-49 and younger demos, Grey’s is soundly defeating CSI.
- Six Degrees took a bit of a dive at 10 PM, delivering a 7.3/11 (4.4/12), 10.81M viewers, this is down from last week’s opener (8.6/14 HH Rating and a 5.8 A18-49 rating, 13.34M viewers). And once again, the show tumbled even further in its second half hour (12.61M to 9.00M). The future does not look bright for this new show.
- Here’s a quick look at the half-hour periods of the show (for both weeks) so far, 15.32M to 11.36M to 12.61M to 9.00M. In two weeks the show has already lost more than 41% of its initial audience. The news isn’t any better in terms of A18-49 (6.6 to 4.9 to 5.1 to 3.6, a more than 45% dip).
NBC finished in third place with a 6.8/11 HH rating, and a 4.3 A18-49 rating. – 10.51M total viewer average.
- Ugly Betty on ABC seems to have had a bit of an effect on My Name Is Earl and The Office, as both shows slide from last week; 8.25M for the former, 7.68M for the later.
- With both comedies and Deal or No Deal performing only so-so, ER turned in another strong performance, delivering a 9.5/16 HH rating (6.1), 14.27M viewers. Though it finished second in the time period behind Shark in total viewers, its A18-49 rating was an easy first. The show built wonderfully out of Deal or No Deal (+4.4M in viewers and over +70% in A18-49).
FOX followed in fourth for the evening delivering a 3.2/5 HH rating and tied for fourth in A18-49, delivering a 1.9 in that demo. – 5.12M total viewer average.
- Not much to say with FOX’s weak offerings of Til Death and Celebrity Duets.
The CW finished in fifth for the evening delivering a 2.6/4 HH rating and tied for fourth in A18-49, delivering a 1.9 in that demo. – 3.81M total viewer average.
- The Smallville season premiere opened the evening for The CW, delivering a 2.9/5 HH rating and a 2.2/6 A18-49 rating, 5.05M viewers. This is down from last seasons opener (5.90M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49), but a strong opening none the less.
- Supernatural, against the tough competition of Grey’s Anatomy and CSI did pretty well, but not great, especially when looking at the premiere last season. It scored a 2.2/4 HH rating and a 1.6/4 A18-49 rating. (Last season it opened to 5.69M viewers and a 2.5/6 A18-49 rating.
Source: Fast National Numbers from Nielsen Media Research
The ratings for all the programs that aired last night are viewable below in chart form (click to enlarge):