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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, May 20, 2010

Network HH Rating/Share Viewers A18-49 Rating/Share
7.7/13 12.45M 2.6/8
7.6/13 11.77M 4.1/12

4.6/8 7.44M 2.4/7

3.2/5 5.03M 2.4/7
0.9/2 1.37M 0.5/2

Complete ratings and breakdowns, including week-to-week comparisons, etc., follow after the jump.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 7.7/13 HH rating/share and 12.45 million viewers, but was second among adults 18-49 with a 2.6/8 rating/share.

Last Week:

8.3/14 HH rating [#1]

13.61M viewers [#1]

3.3/10 A18-49 rating [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The Mentalist-REPEAT (5.2/9 HH rating/share, 8.14M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains):

Households – 7.7/13
Viewers – 13.28M
Adults 18-49 – 4.1/13

  • 9:00 p.m.: The 10th season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (8.6/14 HH rating/share, 14.19M viewers, 3.3/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Season finale comparison (5/14/2009 – 9:00-10:01 – ninth season finale):

Households – 9.3/15 to 8.6/14 (-7.5%)
Viewers – 14.81M to 14.19M (-4%/-0.62M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.4/9 to 3.3/9 (-3%)

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 8.1/13 to 8.6/14 (+6%)
Viewers – 13.42M to 14.19M (+6%/+0.77M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.0/8 to 3.3/9 (+10%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: The second season finale of The Mentalist (9.3/16 HH rating/share, 15.00M viewers, 3.2/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Season finale comparison (TUES; 5/19/2009 – 9:00-10:01 – first season finale):

Households – 10.4/16 to 9.3/16 (-11%)
Viewers – 16.82M to 15.00M (-11%/-1.82M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.7/10 to 3.2/9 (-13.5%)

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 9.3/16 to 9.3/16 (n/c)
Viewers – 14.84M to 15.00M (+1%/+0.16M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.2/9 to 3.2/9 (n/c)

ABC followed in second place for the evening with a 7.6/13 HH rating/share and 11.77 million viewers, but managed a first place finish among adults 18-49 with a 4.1/12 rating/share.

Last Week:

5.6/9 HH rating [#2]

8.34M viewers [#2]

2.8/8 A18-49 rating [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The penultimate episode of the first season of FlashForward (3.5/6 HH rating/share, 5.26M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.2/5 to 3.5/6 (+9%)
Viewers – 4.75M to 5.26M (+11%/+0.51M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4 to 1.6/5 (+23%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The two-episode/two-hour sixth season finale of Grey’s Anatomy (9.6/16 HH rating/share, 15.03M viewers, 5.3/15 A18-49 rating/share).

Season finale comparison (5/14/2009 – fifth season finale – 9:00-11:00):

Households – 11.0/18 to 9.6/16 (-13%)
Viewers – 16.53M to 15.03M (-9%/-1.50M)
Adults 18-49 – 5.9/16 to 5.3/15 (-10%)

Week-to-week numbers (9:00-10:01):

Households – 7.3/12 to 9.6/16 (+31.5%)
Viewers – 11.05M to 15.03M (+36%/+3.98M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.9/11 to 5.3/15 (+36%)

Last week’s numbers (Private Practicethird season finale – 10:01-11:00):

Households – 6.3/11
Viewers – 9.30M
Adults 18-49 – 3.2/9

FOX finished in third place for the evening with a 4.6/8 HH rating/share and 7.44 million viewers and was tied for third among adults 18-49 with a 2.4/7 rating/share.

Last Week:

4.6/8 HH rating [#3]

7.54M viewers [#3]

2.4/7 A18-49 rating [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The fifth season finale of Bones (5.7/10 HH rating/share, 9.19M viewers, 2.8/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (5/14/2009 – fourth season finale – 8:00-9:01):

Households – 5.5/10 to 5.7/10 (+4%)
Viewers – 8.88M to 9.19M (+3.5%/+0.31M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.6/8 to 2.8/10 (+8%)

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.8/10 to 5.7/10 (-2%)
Viewers – 9.35M to 9.19M (-2%/-0.16M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.8/10 to 2.8/10 (n/c)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The second season finale of Fringe (3.6/6 HH rating/share, 5.68M viewers, 2.0/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (TUES; 5/12/2009 – first season finale – 9:05-10:01):

Households – 5.5/8 to 3.6/6 (-34.5%)
Viewers – 9.28M to 5.68M (-39%/-3.60M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.9/10 to 2.0/6 (-49%)

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.5/6 to 3.6/6 (+3%)
Viewers – 5.58M to 5.68M (+2%/+0.10M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6 to 2.0/6 (n/c)

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.2/5 HH rating/share and 5.03 million viewers, but managed a third place tie among adults 18-49 with a 2.4/7 rating/share.

Last Week:

2.9/5 HH rating [#4]

4.70M viewers [#4]

2.2/6 A18-49 rating [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The first season finale of Community (2.9/5 HH rating/share, 4.41M viewers, 2.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 2.8/5 to 2.9/5 (+4%)
Viewers – 4.49M to 4.41M (+2%/+0.08M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/7 to 2.0/7 (n/c)
  • 8:30 p.m.: The second season finale of Parks and Recreation (2.8/5 HH rating/share, 4.55M viewers, 2.1/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Season finale comparison (5/14/2009 – season one finale):

Households – 2.7/5 to 2.8/5 (+4%)
Viewers – 4.29M to 4.55M (+6%/+0.26M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6 to 2.1/7 (+5%)

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 2.7/5 to 2.8/5 (+4%)
Viewers – 4.28M to 4.55M (+6%/+0.27M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6 to 2.1/7 (+5%)
  • 9:00 p.m.: The sixth season finale of The Office (4.0/7 HH rating/share, 6.60M viewers, 3.4/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Season finale comparison (5/14/2009 – fifth season finale – 9:00-9:31):

Households – 4.0/6 to 4.0/7 (n/c)
Viewers – 6.77M to 6.60M (-2.5%/-0.17M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.5/9 to 3.4/10 (-3%)

Week-to-week numbers (9:00-9:31):

Households – 3.9/6 to 4.0/7 (+3%)
Viewers – 6.60M to 6.60M (n/c)
Adults 18-49 – 3.4/10 to 3.4/10 (n/c)

  • 9:30 (9:31) p.m.: The fourth season finale of 30 Rock (3.4/6 HH rating/share, 5.45M viewers, 2.8/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Season finale comparison (5/14/2009 – third season finale – 9:31-10:01):

Households – 3.4/5 to 3.4/6 (n/c)
Viewers – 5.69M to 5.45M (-4%/-0.24M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.8/7 to 2.8/8 (n/c)

Week-to-week numbers (9:31-10:00):

Households – 3.1/5 to 3.4/6 (+10%)
Viewers – 4.96M to 5.45M (+10%/+0.49M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7 to 2.8/8 (+12%)
  • 9:00 p.m.: The first season finale of The Marriage Ref (3.0/5 HH rating/share, 4.58M viewers, 2.0/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 2.7/5 to 3.0/5 (+11%)
Viewers – 3.99M to 4.58M (+15%/+0.59M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.6/5 to 2.0/6 (+25%)

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 0.9/2 HH rating/share, 1.37 million viewers and a 0.5/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

2.0/3 HH rating [#5]

3.14M viewers [#5]

1.5/4 A18-49 rating [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Smallville-REPEAT (2.1/4 HH rating/share, 3.40M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (The Vampire Diariesfirst season finale):

Households – 2.1/4
Viewers – 3.47M
Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5

  • 9:00 p.m.: Another hour of Smallville-REPEAT (1.7/3 HH rating/share, 2.38M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Supernatural – fifth season finale):

Households – 1.8/3
Viewers – 2.84M
Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4

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Notes: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on preliminary data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on preliminary data. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final numbers for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final numbers for tonight’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, May 27, 2010. Also keep in mind that because these are preliminary numbers, when the finals are released there may be noticeable changes.

And lastly, there may be some errors in the data due to rounding/human error. I’ll do my best to limit those mistakes and correct them in time for the next week’s report.

Source: The Nielsen Company | Ratings information on this page consists of Preliminary and/or Final National numbers which include both Live viewing and DVR playback for the Same Day (defined as Live + Same Day or 3am-3am viewing). | Daily ratings figures can be found at PI Feedback, Zap2It and TV by the Numbers.

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