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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, September 23, 2010

Network HH Rating/Share Viewers A18-49 Rating/Share
8.8/15 14.369M 3.7/11
6.2/10 9.428M 3.4/10
4.7/8 7.812M 2.4/7

3.5/6 5.731M 2.6/7
2.1/3 3.394M 1.3/4

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

CBS finished in first place for the evening with an 8.8/15 HH rating/share, 14.369 million viewers and a 3.7/11 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

5.1/9 HH rating [#1]

7.943M viewers [#1]

2.2/7 A18-49 rating [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The fourth season premiere of The Big Bang Theory (8.3/14 HH rating/share, 13.95M viewers, 4.8/15 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (MON; 9/21/2009 – 9:30-10:00 – season three premiere):

Households – 7.9/11 to 8.3/14 (+5%)
Viewers – 12.96M to 13.95M (+8%/+0.99M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.7/11 to 4.8/15 (+2%)

  • 8:30 p.m.: The series premiere of $#*! My Dad Says (7.5/12 HH rating/share, 12.48M viewers, 3.9/12 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The 11th season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (8.9/14 HH rating/share, 14.57M viewers, 3.4/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/24/2009 – season 10 premiere):

Households – 9.7/15 to 8.9/14 (-8%)
Viewers – 16.01M to 14.57M (-9%/-1.44M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.1/10 to 3.4/9 (-17%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: The third season premiere of The Mentalist (9.5/17 HH rating/share, 15.33M viewers, 3.3/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/24/2009 – season two premiere):

Households – 9.5/16 to 9.5/17 (n/c)
Viewers – 15.07M to 15.33M (+2%/+0.26M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.6/10 to 3.3/10 (-8%)

ABC followed in second place for the evening with a 6.2/10 HH rating/share, 9.428 million viewers and a 3.4/10 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

3.7/6 HH rating [#2]

5.751M viewers [#2]

1.8/6 A18-49 rating [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The series premiere of My Generation (3.3/6 HH rating/share, 5.22M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The seventh season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy (8.9/14 HH rating/share, 14.04M viewers, 5.3/14 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/24/2009 – 9:00-11:00 – season six premiere):

Households – 10.9/18 to 8.9/14 (-18%)
Viewers – 17.03M to 14.04M (-18%/-2.99M)
Adults 18-49 – 6.7/17 to 5.3/14 (-21%)

  • 10:00 (10:01) p.m.: The third season premiere of Private Practice (6.1/11 HH rating/share, 9.20M viewers, 3.3/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (10/1/2009 – season two premiere):

Households – 7.6/13 to 6.1/10 (-20%)
Viewers – 11.58M to 9.20M (-21%/-2.38M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.6/13 to 3.3/10 (-28%)

FOX finished in third place for the evening with a 4.7/8 HH rating/share and 7.812 million viewers, but was fourth among adults 18-49 with a 2.4/7 rating/share.

Last Week:

1.7/3 HH rating [#5]

2.446M viewers [#5]

0.7/2 A18-49 rating [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The sixth season premiere of Bones (6.0/10 HH rating/share, 9.79M viewers, 2.7/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/17/2009 – season five premiere):

Households – 6.3/11 to 6.0/10 (-5%)
Viewers – 10.36M to 9.79M (-5.5%/-0.57M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.1/10 to 2.7/8 (-13%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The third season premiere of Fringe (3.5/5 HH rating/share, 5.83M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/17/2009 – season two premiere):

Households – 4.6/8 to 3.5/5 (-24%)
Viewers – 7.82M to 5.83M (-25%/-1.99M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.0/8 to 2.1/6 (-30%)

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.5/6 HH rating/share and 5.731 million viewers, but managed a third place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.6/7 rating/share.

Last Week:

2.8/5 HH rating [#3]

4.258M viewers [#3]

1.4/4 A18-49 rating [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The second season premiere of Community (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 5.01M viewers, 2.2/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/17/2009 – 9:30-10:01 – series premiere):

Households – 4.7/8 to 3.1/5 (-34%)
Viewers – 7.89M to 5.01M (-36.5%/-2.88M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.8/10 to 2.2/7 (-42%)

  • 8:30 p.m.: The fifth season premiere of 30 Rock (3.5/6 HH rating/share, 5.85M viewers, 2.6/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (10/15/2009 – 9:31-10:01 – season four premiere):

Households – 3.9/6 to 3.5/6 (-10%)
Viewers – 6.39M to 5.85M (-8.5%/-0.54M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.0/8 to 2.6/8 (-13%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The seventh season premiere of The Office (4.8/8 HH rating/share, 8.40M viewers, 4.3/11 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/17/2009 – season six premiere):

Households – 4.8/8 to 4.8/8 (n/c)
Viewers – 8.21M to 8.40M (+2%/+0.19M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.1/12 to 4.3/11 (+5%)

  • 9:30 p.m.: The series premiere of Outsourced (4.3/7 HH rating/share, 7.44M viewers, 3.5/9 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: The Apprentice (2.6/4 HH rating/share, 3.85M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (season 10 premiere):

Households – 3.0/5 to 2.6/4 (-13%)
Viewers – 4.57M to 3.85M (-16%/-0.72M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.4/4 (-7%)

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.1/3 HH rating/share, 3.394 million viewers and a 1.3/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

2.0/4 HH rating [#4]

3.201M viewers [#4]

1.3/4 A18-49 rating [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The Vampire Diaries (2.2/4 HH rating/share, 3.57M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 1.9/3 to 2.2/4 (+16%)
Viewers – 3.01M to 3.57M (+19%/+0.56M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.4/5 to 1.6/5 (+14%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Nikita (2.0/3 HH rating/share, 3.22M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 2.1/3 to 2.0/3 (-5%)
Viewers – 3.19M to 3.22M (+1%/+0.03M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3 to 1.1/3 (-8%)

GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Notes: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on preliminary data. Comparisons 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 “The Mentalist” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, September 30, 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 weeks 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.