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NBC’s ‘Office’ Wins Night as ‘Southland’ Holds Steady

April 17, 2009 12:04 PM

NBC’s “Southland” remained steady compared with its debut last week, while the network’s “Parks and Recreation” and CBS’ “Harper’s Island” dipped in their second week.

Southland

“Southland” on NBC scored a 3.1 rating/9 share and 9.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was down only 3% from last week and won the 10 p.m. hour. “Southland” also remained flat from first half-hour to second.

The network’s other new series, “Parks and Recreation” (2.5/7, 5.9 million), wasn’t as strong, falling 17% from last week. However, last week “Parks” debuted after a special new episode of “The Office”; “Parks” lost only 12% of its lead-in. Last night, “My Name Is Earl” (2.1/7, 5.3 million) was down 38% versus last week’s “Office” in the time period, matching its previous series low. “Parks,” however, improved on last night’s “Earl” lead-in by 19%, the biggest post-“Earl” gain for the network since April 2007. Last night’s “Parks” also was up 14% from the season-to-date average for the time period. At 9 p.m., “The Office” (4.1/11, 8.2 million) in its regular timeslot was up 5% over last week and ranks as the No. 1 show of the night. At 9:30, “30 Rock” (3.5/9, 7.3 million) scored its best performance since early last month.

CBS’ “Harper’s Island” (2.2/6, 8.2 million) was down 15% from its debut last week, losing out to “Southland” for a second week in a row in adults 18-49 (last week “Harper’s” beat “Southland” in total viewers). “Harper’s” was down 42% from its lead-in, “CSI” (3.8/10, 15.4 million), which remained flat from last week. At 8 p.m., “Survivor: Tocantins” (3.5/11, 11.6 million) won the hour, but along with “CSI” matched its previous series low (excluding clip shows and Thanksgiving).

Fox’s “Bones” (2.5/8, 8.7 million) was flat from last week, while “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.4/9, 8 million) was up 3%.

On ABC, “In the Motherhood” (1.4/5, 4.7 million) and “Samantha Who?” (1.5/5, 5 million) both were up a bit from last week. “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” were both repeats.

The CW aired repeats of “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

For the night: Even with some dips CBS finished on top (3.2/9, 11.7 million), followed by a tie between NBC (3.0/9, 7.6 million) and Fox (8.4 million), then ABC (1.4/4, 4.8 million) and The CW (0.7.2, 1.8 million).

Final Nationals update (4:30p.m.): NBC's "Southland" dipped to a 3.0/9, while both "Earl" (2.2/7, 5.4 million) and "Office" (4.2/11, 8.4 million) increased in ratings and viewers. "Parks" increased in average viewers to 6 million, while "30 Rock" remained flat. CBS' "Survivor" inched up one-tenth of a point to a 3.6/11, while "CSI" bumped up to 15.7 million viewers and "Harper's" fell to 7.8 million. Fox's "Bones" increased viewers to 8.9 million, while "Kitchen" rose to a 3.5/9 (8.1 million). Both "Motherhood" and "Samantha" on ABC dipped in viewers to 4.6 million and 4.8 million, respectively. At the network level, all networks remained flat except for NBC, which rose to a 3.1/9 to take sole second place.

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