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‘ER’ Goes Out on a High Note With Thursday Win

April 3, 2009 11:13 AM

NBC easily swept Thursday night with the series finale of “ER,” sending CBS programs including “CSI’s” 200th episode to new season lows.

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The “ER” finale averaged a 6.0 rating/16 share among adults 18-49 and 16.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures. The finale improved from the show’s average performance in its 15th and final season by 88%. At 8 p.m., NBC aired a retrospective special, which scored a 3.5/10 in the demo and 10.6 million viewers. For more on the “ER” finale, click here.

CBS boldly aired new episodes throughout the night, but all came back with season lows. “Survivor: Tocantins” (3.6/11, 11.2 million) and the 200th episode of “CSI” (3.7/10, 14.4 million) also logged series lows, excluding clip shows and a Thanksgiving edition. At 10 p.m., the season finale of “Eleventh Hour” drew a 2.5/7 (10.4 million). Last night’s CBS programs were down 12%, 12% and 7%, respectively, from their most recent original telecasts. Due to NCAA March Madness coverage, all shows last aired original episodes three weeks ago.

ABC’s new block of half-hour comedies suffered major dips compared with last week. “In the Motherhood” (1.6/5, 5 million) was down 27% from its premiere episode, while “Samantha Who?” (1.5/4, 4.8 million) took a 32% slide from last week. “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” were repeats.

Fox’s “Bones” (2.6/8, 9 million) was down 13% from its most recent telecast two weeks ago. “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.2/8, 7 million) was down 29% from last week, when the series benefited from a special “American Idol” lead-in, but down just one-tenth of a rating point from two weeks ago.

A new episode of “Smallville” (1.6/5, 3.8 million) on The CW remained flat with last week, while “Supernatural” (1.5/4, 3.3 million) was up 25% even going against the “ER” finale. The network averaged a 1.5/4 among women 18-34 for the night and scored its best Thursday night among adults 18-34 (1.7/6) since last September.

For the night: NBC finished big on top with a 5.2/14 (14.3 million), followed by CBS (3.3/9, 12 million), Fox (2.9/8, 8 million), The CW (1.6/4, 3.5 million) and ABC (1.4/4, 4.5 million).

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