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May 2009 Archives

Fox’s ‘Dance’ Ratings Beat Spelling Bee

May 29, 2009 1:18 PM

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” continued to strut into the top spot Thursday night, posting a slight gain over last week’s Thursday performance. On ABC, the annual telecast of the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee posted also posted a gain compared to last year.

Fox’s “Dance” scored a 3.6 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and pulled in 9.1 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode posted a 6% gain over its season premiere last week and ranked as the top show of the night. From first to final half hour, “Dance” increased by 41% in the 18-49 demographic.

On ABC, the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee (1.5/5, 5.5 million) was the only other new program of the night. From 8 p.m.-10 p.m., last night’s telecast posted a 25% increase over last year’s telecast (which was on a Friday night), but declined by 25% from its most recent Thursday-night broadcast two years ago. Numbers, however, are approximate, since the Bee aired until 10:16 p.m., skewing comparisons. A repeat of “Grey’s Anatomy” rounded off the night for the network.

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS,” “CSI” and “Without a Trace.” NBC went with comedy repeats of “My Name Is Earl,” “30 Rock,” “The Office,” another “30 Rock” and an hour-long “The Office” in the 10 p.m. hour. The CW aired encores of “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

For the night: Fox (3.6/11, 9.1 million) won, followed by CBS (2.0/6, 9.7 million), ABC (1.5/4, 5.4 million), NBC (1.4/4, 3.4 million) and The CW (0.5/2, 1.4 million).

‘Dance’ Triumphs for Fox, ‘Wipeout’ Debuts Almost Flat

May 28, 2009 11:14 AM

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” ranked as the top show Wednesday night, while ABC’s “Wipeout” returned with slightly lower ratings than last year’s debut.

So You Think You Can Dance

Fox’s two-hour Wednesday night premiere of “Dance” scored a 3.5 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. “Dance” also showed strong growth from first half hour to final half hour, increasing 41% over the time period.

ABC’s “Wipeout” (3.2/10, 8.6 million) returned 14% lower than its debut last summer, when the show aired on Tuesday nights. Last night’s premiere edged out Fox’s “Dance” in the 8 p.m. hour (3.2 vs. 3.0).

The premiere of ABC’s “The Goode Family” (1.6/5, 3.9 million) lost 50% of its lead-in and performed 53% below the previous four-week average in the time period. Similarly, the time-period premiere of the network’s “Surviving Suburbia” (1.0/3, 2.8 million) declined from its lead-in as well. At 10 p.m., “The Unusuals” (1.2/3 3.9 million) scored its lowest rating to date.

CBS aired a special “George Straight: ACM Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert” (2.2/6, 10.6 million), followed by a repeat of “Criminal Minds.”

NBC aired a new-for-broadcast episode of “Law & Order: CI” (1.1/3, 5.1 million), followed by encores of “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order.”

The CW aired repeats of “America’s Next Top Model” and “Hitched or Ditched.”

For the night: Fox (3.5/10, 8.6 million) led the way, followed by CBS (2.1/6, 10 million), ABC (1.9/5, 5.3 million), NBC (1.5/4, 6.1 million) and The CW (0.5/1, 1.2 million).

CBS Wins Tuesday Night With Repeats

May 27, 2009 11:58 AM

CBS repeats won Tuesday night, while the series premiere of Fox’s “Mental” performed on par for a show that debuted after “American Idol” finished for the year.

Mental

Fox’s “Mental” scored a 2.1 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Although last night’s premiere was down 50% for the previous four-week average in the time period, “Mental” built on its “House” repeat lead in by 24%.

ABC kicked off the night with back-to-back episodes of “According to Jim” (1.2/4, 3.9 million and 1.1/3, 3.6 million), followed by the second part of the film “Diamonds” (0.6/2, 3.1 million). Last night’s conclusion posted a loss over the first part, which aired Sunday night to a 0.9/3.

The finale of “Reaper” (0.9/3, 2.2 million) on The CW led into the series premiere of the reality show “Hitched or Ditched” (0.7/2, 1.5 million). Last night’s debut came in below the previous four-week average in the time period, which was a 1.0/2. The network averaged a 0.9/3 among women 18-34 for the night.

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS,” “The Mentalist” and “Without a Trace” to win the night in the demo.

NBC’s two-hour special “TV’s 50 Funniest Phrases” (2.1/6, 6.6 million) led into a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU.”

For the night: CBS (2.3/6, 11.4 million) claimed first, followed by NBC (2.1/6, 6.5 million), Fox (1.9/5, 5 million) and a tie between ABC (0.8/2, 3.3 million) and The CW (1.8 million).

‘Bachelorette’ Dips as CBS Wins Slow Holiday Monday

May 26, 2009 1:58 PM

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” took a dip after its premiere last week, while CBS narrowly took Monday night with repeats.

The Bachelorette

On Memorial Day, “The Bachelorette” scored a 2.1 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was down 30% from the premiere episode last week. At 10 p.m., the season premiere of “Here Come the Newlyweds” (1.9/5, 5 million) edged out the year-ago premiere of “The Mole” in the time period by 12%.

NBC aired a special two-hour “Dateline” (1.6/5, 7.1 million), followed by a new “Medium” (2.1/6, 7.7 million).

CBS aired encores of “The Big Bang Theory,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Rules of Engagement” and “CSI: Miami.” Fox went with repeats of “House” and “Bones” while The CW aired back-to-back encores of “One Tree Hill.”

For the night: CBS (2.1/6, 7.2 million) won the night in the demo while NBC (1.8/5, 7.3 million) led in total viewers. ABC (2.0/6, 5.7 million) placed second, followed by Fox (1.6/4, 5.1 million) and The CW (0.4/1, 1.2 million).

‘Dance’ Stomps the Competition; ‘Southland’ Wraps on High Note

May 22, 2009 10:17 AM

The season premiere of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” outperformed the competition to win Thursday night, while the finale of NBC’s “Southland” posted weekly gains on a night heavy with repeats.

Southland

“Dance” on Fox scored a 3.4 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and 8.8 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s debut was down one-tenth of a rating point from last summer’s debut and ranks as the show’s lowest premiere rating. Television usage for the night, however, was down 10% compared with the same night last year.

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Southland” (2.0/4, 6.4 million) wrapped up its first season, posting a weekly gain for the first time since debuting (up 25% over last week). Last night’s episode was 17% below the show’s season-to-date average. NBC aired comedy repeats from 8-10 p.m.

The two-hour season finale of ABC’s “Ugly Betty” averaged a 1.9/6 (6.3 million), down one-tenth of point from last week and falling 21% from the show’s season average. At 10 p.m., the network aired a repeat of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS,” “CSI” and “Flashpoint,” while The CW aired repeats of “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

For the night: Fox (3.4/11, 8.8 million) finished first, followed by CBS (1.7/5, 8.2 million), ABC (1.6/5, 5.4 million), NBC (1.5/5, 4.2 million) and The CW (0.5/2, 1.4 million).

‘Idol’ Has Strong Finish, CBS Season Finales Sag

May 21, 2009 11:25 AM

The season finale of Fox’s “American Idol” easily claimed Wednesday night, while season finales on CBS tried to hold their own.

American Idol

Fox’s “Idol” scored a 10.0 rating among adults 18 to 49 and 28.8 million viewers, according to special time-zone-adjusted preliminary figures from Nielsen ordered by the network (all other networks’ numbers are regular Fast Nationals). For more on how “Idol” stacked up, click here.

CBS kicked off its night with the season finales of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (1.6/5, 5.6 million) and “Gary Unmarried” (1.7/5, 5.5 million), which hit series lows facing fierce competition. The two-hour finale of “Criminal Minds” bounced back in its 10 p.m. hour after competing against “Idol” to average out at a 3.4/9 (13.8 million) and remain flat with last week.

NBC aired a repeat of USA original “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” followed by a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU.” At 10 p.m., a new “Law & Order” (1.9/5, 6.7 million) was off 14% from last week.

ABC aired the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” while The CW aired “Take the Lead.”

For the night: Fox (9.5/27, 27.7 million in Fast Nationals; 10.0, 28.8 in time-zone-adjusted figures) claimed the final night of the regular TV season, followed by CBS (2.8/8, 11.1 million), NBC (1.3/4, 5.3 million), ABC (1.2/3, 3.4 million) and The CW (0.4/1, 1.3 million).

Final Nationals update (2 p.m.): Both CBS' "Criminal Minds" (3.5/9) and NBC's "Law & Order" (2.0/5) climbed one-tenth of a rating point, while the network average for CBS (2.9/8) also climbed by as much.

‘Idol’ Gives ‘Glee’ Debut a Boost; ‘Dancing’ Hits Season High

May 20, 2009 12:16 PM

Fox easily took Tuesday night with the first part of the “American Idol” finale, which gave “Glee” a solid audience for its spring preview. Meanwhile, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” crowned its winner with a season high.

Glee

Fox’s “American Idol” scored an 8.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 23.8 million viewers, according to time-zone-adjusted figures the network ordered from Nielsen (all other networks are measured in regular Fast Nationals numbers). Last night’s episode posted a 5% increase over last week, but was down 17% from live-plus-same-day numbers from last year.

Easily the top show of the night, “Idol” gave the spring preview of “Glee” (3.9, 10 million) a strong lead-in. The new hour performed on par with other post-“Idol” events and posted an 8% increase from “Fringe’s” season average in the same time period. (Interest in “Glee” carried over to Apple’s iTunes store, where the cast’s rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” is already the No. 3 most-downloaded song.)

ABC kicked off the night with a recap edition of “Dancing With the Stars,” (1.8/5, 7.7 million), followed by the results finale (5.1/4, 20.3 million). “Dancing” won its 9 and 10 p.m. hours with a new season high. Compared with previous seasons, last night’s finale was on par with its most recent season ender (November 2008) and down 6% from last spring’s finale (May 2008).

The season finale of “The Mentalist” (3.7/10, 16.8 million) posted a 12% increase from last week to remain on par with its season average. “Without a Trace” (2.5/7, 11.3 million) was similarly on par, but dipped 11% from last week due to increased competition in the hour. At 8 p.m., “NCIS” (3.3/10, 16.1 million) remained flat with last week but dipped 11% from its season-to-date average.

NBC aired repeats of “Most Outrageous Moments” and “Law & Order,” followed by a new “Law & Order: SVU” (2.4/7, 6.7 million), which was the series’ lowest-rated original episode ever, against strong competition for the hour.

The CW’s “Reaper” (0.7/2, 1.8 million) led the way for the season finale of “90210” (1.1/3, 2.1 million). The network averaged a 1.4/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox (6.3/17, 16.9 million) led the way, followed by ABC (4.0/11, 16 million), CBS (3.2/9, 14.7 million), NBC (1.5/4, 4.4 million) and The CW (0.9/2, 1.9 million).

Final Nationals update (2:30 p.m.): The results episode of the "Dancing With the Stars" finale climbed to a 5.2/14, while CBS' "NCIS" (3.4/10) and NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (2.5/7) also increased. Fox's "American Idol" (8.6/25) and "Glee" (3.9/10) remained flat from their time-zone-adjusted numbers. As for network averages, all remained flat.

CBS Finales Win Night; ‘24’ Finale Fizzles

May 19, 2009 11:55 AM

Season finales on CBS dominated Monday night, while the season finale of “24” on Fox floundered to reach a low.

24

CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” scored a 5.2 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s season finale climbed 16% over last week’s episode, posted an 11% increase over the previous season-to-date average and beat last year’s finale performance by 8%.

“Men” was the top show of the night in the 18-49 demographic and the most watched episode since early February, giving CBS’ “Rules of Engagement” (4.4/11, 12.8 million) a solid lead-in.

“Rules” came in with a 22% increase over last week and a 13% increase over the previous season-to-date average. In the 8 p.m. hour, a special episode of “Rules of Engagement” (2.6/8, 7.5 million) led into the season finale of “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7/10, 8.7 million), which was in line with recent performances.

At 10 p.m., the finale of “CSI: Miami” (3.8/10, 14 million) was down one-tenth of a point from its performance last week, but up by the same margin from its previous season-to-date average.

The season finale of “24” on Fox scored a 3.0/8 (9.4 million), off slightly from its performance last week, to hit a series low, excluding specials. Last night’s two-hour ender slipped 23% over the most recent finale of the franchise in May 2007.

The final performance edition of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.2/12, 18.7 million) matched its previous low for the season, coming in flat from last week. “Dancing,” however, was the most-watched show of the night. The two-hour premiere of “The Bachelorette” (3.0/8, 8.9 million) lost 29% of its lead-in. It still posted a 3% increase over its summer debut last May.

On NBC, “Medium” (1.9/5, 6.5 million) continued its recent trend of ratings decreases, scoring its lowest-rated telecast to date and coming in at 24% below its previous season-to-date average. Back-to-back episodes of “Deal or No Deal” (1.2/3, 4.3 million and 1.5/4, 5.4 million), both posted increases over last week’s episode (9% and 36%, respectively).

The CW’s “One Tree Hill” (1.3/3, 2.6 million) posted an 18% increase over last week for its season finale, which featured the final regular appearance of Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton. “Hill” performed stronger than its season-to-date average by a similar amount. At 8 p.m., the season finale of “Gossip Girl” (1.1/3, 2.2 million) was off slightly over last week but matched its previous season-to-date average. The network averaged a 2.6/7 among women 18-34.

For the night: CBS (3.9/11, 12.2 million) won the night, followed by ABC (3.4/9, 12.2 million), Fox (3.0/8, 9.4 million), NBC (1.5/4, 5.4 million) and The CW (1.2/3, 2.4 million).

Final Nationals update (3 p.m.): ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" climbed from its season low to a 4.4/13 (19.2 million). CBS' special "Rules of Engagement" (2.7/8, 7.5 million) and "Two and a Half Men" (5.3/14, 16.2 million) both climbed by one-tenth of a point. Fox's "24" finale also increased to finish off the season with a 3.1/9 (9.6 million). Network averages for these three networks also increased, with CBS (4.0/11, 12.3 million), followed by ABC (3.5/10, 12.3 million) and Fox (3.1/9, 9.6 million).

‘Desperate’ Does It Again; ‘Survivor’ Has Strong Finish

May 18, 2009 12:31 PM

ABC claimed its fifth consecutive Sunday win with the season finale of “Desperate Housewives,” while CBS came in a close second with the finale of “Survivor: Tocantins” and the reunion special.

Desperate Housewives

The two-hour season finale of “Desperate Housewives” on ABC averaged a 4.7 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. For its 9-11 p.m. run, the show scored a 15% increase over its last original telecast, placing as the No. 1 program of the night in the demo and among total viewers. “Housewives” has finished as the top show for 22 out of its 23 original Sunday night telecasts this season in both the demo and total viewers. Last night’s finale, however, was down 24% from last year’s season finale and down 13% from its season-to-date average. Back-to-back season finale episodes of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” averaged a 2.4/7 (7.6 million).

CBS’ season finale of “Survivor: Tocantins” (4.2/11, 12.7 million) posted an 11% increase from its most recent original Thursday telecast to rank as the No. 2 show of the night. Last night’s finale was the lowest-rated in the series’ history, coming in 5% lower than last year’s finale of “Survivor: Gabon.” At 10 p.m., the “Tocantins Reunion” special (4.1/10, 11.8 million) maintained 98% of its lead-in. While the reunion placed as the No. 3 show of the night, it also posted an 8% increase over the year-ago “Gabon” reunion special to mark the highest-rated reunion since “Survivor: China” in December 2007. The network aired an episode of “60 Minutes” at 7 p.m.

Fox’s animated comedies aired their season finales to score some increases over last week and perform in line with recent episodes. “The Simpsons” (2.9/8, 5.9 million) and “King of the Hill” (2.6/7, 5.2 million), increased 16% and 37%, respectively, over their performances last week. In the 9 p.m. hour, “Family Guy” (3.7/9, 7.3 million) and “American Dad” (2.8/7, 5.6 million) posted similar gains, up 16% and 17%, respectively. At 7 p.m., a repeat of “King of the Hill” (1.1/4, 2.5 million) improved on “Sit Down, Shut Up’s” performance in the timeslot last week by 57%, giving a repeat of “American Dad” (1.4/4, 2.8 million) at 7:30 p.m. a 40% bump over the show’s time-period performance last week.

NBC aired a two-hour edition of “Dateline” (1.2/4, 5.8 million), followed by the two-hour special “Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts” (1.5/4, 3.8 million), which dipped more than 50% below “The Celebrity Apprentice’s” season average mostly in the time period.

The CW kicked off with “Jericho” at 6:30 p.m., followed by the film “License to Kill” from 7:30-10 p.m.

For the night: ABC (3.6/10, 10.8 million) narrowly beat CBS (3.5/10, 11.8 million), followed by Fox (2.4/7, 4.9 million), NBC (1.3/4, 4.8 million) and The CW (0.3/1, 1.3 million).

‘Grey’s’ Finale Keys ABC’s Fourth Thursday Win of May Sweep

May 15, 2009 11:43 AM

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” finished its season on a high note Thursday, while CBS’ “CSI” wrapped up its season with a new series low and NBC’s “Southland” continued its downward trend.

Grey's Anatomy

The two-hour season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC averaged a 5.8 rating/16 share among adults 18-49 and 16.4 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was the highest-rated telecast since mid-February and the most-watched since the beginning of the season, posting a 7% increase over last week and ranking as the top show of the night. This season’s finale, however, was down 18% from its finale last season (which aired outside the regular TV season). At 8 p.m., “Ugly Betty” (2.0/6, 6.8 million) was down 5% from last week.

CBS’ “CSI” (3.4/9, 14.4 million) scored its lowest original rating ever, posting a 6% dip from last week’s telecast and a 29% decrease from the show’s season-to-date average. Last night’s finale was down 31% from last year’s finale. The season finale of “CSI: NY” (3.0/8, 12.8 million) on a special night slipped 12% from the show’s regular Wednesday season-to-date average, but improved the Thursday-night time period by 25% over last week’s special repeat of “CSI.” The network kicked off the night with “Survivor: Tocantins” (3.7/12, 12 million), down one-tenth of a point from last week and in line with recent performances.

The season finales of “Bones” (2.5/8, 8.7 million) and “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.1/8, 7.4 million) both showed weekly gains on Fox, but posted their lowest season finales to date against strong competition. “Bones” increased 9% week-over-week and ranked second for its hour, but fell 26% from last year’s finale, which aired on a Monday night. “Kitchen” climbed 15% over last week, but dipped 26% from last year’s finale on a Tuesday night in July.

NBC aired season finales of its Thursday-night sitcoms to mixed results. In the 8 p.m. hour, “My Name Is Earl” (2/0/6, 4.8 million) posted an 18% week-to-week gain, but dipped 20% from its season-to-date average. “Parks & Recreation” (2.0/6, 4.3 million) failed to show an increase from its “Earl” lead-in, slipping 5% from its performance last week and wrapping up its season 17% below its previous average. Increased competition from other networks hit “The Office” (3.5/9, 6.7 million), which fell 20% from its season-to-date average and pulled in its lowest rating in its regular timeslot since April 2007. “30 Rock” (2.8/7, 5.7 million) also dropped 18% from its first-run average this season. At 10 p.m., “Southland” (1.7/5, 4.6 million) was down 15% from last week and has failed to show any weekly increase since its debut six weeks ago.

The season finale of “Smallville” (1.4/4, 3.2 million) on The CW was down one-tenth of a point from last week’s episode, while the season ender of “Supernatural” (1.3/3, 2.9 million) increased by as much.

For the night: ABC (4.5/13, 13.2 million) claimed its fourth consecutive Thursday for the current May sweeps period. CBS (3.4/9, 13.1 million) finished second, followed by Fox (2.8/8, 8.1 million), NBC (2.3/6, 5.1 million) and The CW (1.3/4, 3 million).

Final Nationals updates (2 p.m.): "Grey's Anatomy" bounced up to a 5.9/10, while "Survivor: Tocantins" also increased to a 3.8/12. Both of Fox's shows increased, with "Bones" reaching a 2.6/8 and "Hell's Kitchen" hitting a 3.2/8. "Southland" slid to a 1.6/4, reaching a new series low. At the network level, both ABC (4.6/13) and Fox (2.9/8) increased, while the others remained flat.

‘Idol’ Wins Again as ‘Lost’ Goes Out on High Note

May 14, 2009 11:38 AM

“American Idol” helped Fox easily take Wednesday night, while the two-hour season finale of “Lost” on ABC posted a bump over recent episodes but slipped from its season finale last year.

Lost

“American Idol” scored an 8.4 rating/21 share among adults 18-49 and 24 million viewers. While last night’s episode increased a slight 1% over last week, “Idol” posted a 9% decrease from the comparable night last year. Among total viewers, last night’s episode was down only 4% from last year. At 8 p.m., the season finale of “Lie to Me” posted a 2.6/7 (8.4 million), down 4% from its performance last week and its season-to-date average.

ABC kicked off the night with the special clip episode “Lost: A Journey in Time” (2.4/7, 6.3 million). The “Lost” two-hour season finale pulled a 4.3/11 (9.3 million), scoring an 8% increase from last week and pulling ahead of its season-to-date average by 2%. Last night’s finale, however, was down 12% compared with the season finale last year.

The season finale of The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (1.8/6, 4.2 million) increased 6% over last week to match the show’s season-to-date average. Last night’s episode also marked the show’s second largest audience this season. At 9 p.m., the network aired a repeat of “90210” for an average 2.2/6 among women 18-34 for the night.

CBS’ “Criminal Minds” (3.4/8, 13 million) was up one-tenth of a point from last week, while “CSI: NY” (3.2/8, 12.2 million) was down by as much. Both were on par with their season-to-date averages. In the 8 p.m. hour, the network aired a special “Rules of Engagement” (1.9/6, 6.4 million) and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2.0/6, 6.5 million).

NBC aired a new-to-broadcast “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (1.2/4, 5.5 million), followed by a “Law & Order: SVU” repeat at 9 p.m. A new “Law & Order” (2.2/6, 7.8 million) was down one-tenth of a point from last week in the 10 p.m. hour.

For the night: Fox (5.5/15, 16.2 million) finished first, followed by ABC (3.7/10, 8.3 million), CBS (2.8/8, 10.6 million), NBC (1.5/4, 5.9 million) and The CW (1.2/3, 2.6 million).

Final Nationals update, 5 p.m.: Both the "Lost" special clips episode (2.5/8) and the season finale (4.4/11) rose by one-tenth of a point. "American Idol" received a larger boost to a 8.7/22 and 24.7 million viewers, off by only 200,000 viewers from the same episode last year. "America's Next Top Model" (1.9/6) also increased by one-tenth of a point, while "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (1.1/3) decreased by as much. As for network averages, both Fox (5.7/16) and CBS (2.9/8) increased their averages.

‘Loser’ Looks Huge in Finale, but ‘Idol’ Wins Night

May 13, 2009 10:55 AM

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” soared for its season finale Tuesday, giving the network its best non-Olympics Tuesday night in three and a half years. However, Fox won the night thanks to “American Idol.”

American Idol

The three-hour season finale of “Biggest Loser” on NBC averaged a 4.7 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Overall, last night’s episode was the No. 2 show of the night (right behind “Idol”), but it won both the 9 and 10 p.m. hours (scoring a 5.1/13 and a 5.4/14, respectively) in direct competition with the Fox juggernaut.

The “Loser” finale also gave the network its best Tuesday night rating since early December 2005 (excluding Olympics). Tuesday night’s finale also posted gains compared with the spring 2008 finale (up 7%) and the fall 2008 finale (up 2%).

Fox’s “American Idol” scored a 7.7/22 (21.8 million viewers) in the 8 p.m. hour. Last night’s episode was down 7% from last week, although that number will get smaller once final national figures are released (which predict “Idol” reaching an 8.1 or 8.2 rating). “Idol’s “ four-minute overrun also will affect figures for the “Fringe” season finale, which currently stands at 4.5/11 (11.2 million), up 18% from last week; final projections come in at about a 4.1, which is still an increase over last week.

A “Dancing With the Stars” results show on ABC scored a 3.1/8 (13.8 million), down slightly from last week (3%). At 10 p.m., “Cupid” (1.6/4, 5.5 million) was in line with its season-to-date average, coming in flat with last week. The network kicked off the night with back-to-back episodes of “According to Jim” (1.0/3, 3.9 million, and 1.1/3, 3.9 million).

Going up against NBC’s and Fox’s heavy hitters, CBS’ “NCIS” (3.2/9, 15.8 million) and “The Mentalist” (3.3/8, 16.1 million) both posted weekly declines, coming in 14% and 11% below their season-to-date averages. “Without a Trace” (2.8/7, 13.4 million) was up 8% from last week to finish in second place for the hour.

The CW’s “Reaper” (0.9/3, 2 million) increased 13% over last week and was in line with recent performances, while “90210” (1.1/3, 2.1 million) posted a 22% gain from last week and scored its best performance of the season in the 9 p.m. hour. The network averaged a 1.8/5 among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox (6.1/16, 16.5 million) was first, followed by NBC (4.7/12, 11.8 million), CBS (3.1/8, 15.1 million), ABC (1.9/5, 7.7 million) and The CW (1.0/3, 2 million)

'House' Wins Monday With Season Finale

May 12, 2009 11:19 AM

Monday night shows took some major hits, with power hitters such as ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” dipping by double digits. Fox’s “House” managed to remain flat for its season finale, while The CW’s crack at a “Gossip Girl” spinoff showed some gains.

Gossip Girl

CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” scored a 4.4 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was the lowest-rated of the season, down 12% from last week’s performance and down 14% from its season-to-date average. “Rules of Engagement” (3.6/9, 10.1 million) posted a 12% decrease from last week. The network’s programs in the 8 p.m. hour fared a bit better, with the season finale of “The Big Bang Theory” (3.6/11, 9.8 million) posting a 6% week-to-week increase, while “How I Met Your Mother” (3.6/10, 8.7 million) remained flat. “CSI: Miami” (3.9/11, 13.4 million) was almost in line with recent telecasts.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.1/11, 18.3 million) fell 15% from its performance telecast last week and ranked as the lowest Monday telecast of the season. That decrease carried over to the season finale of “Castle” (2.5/7, 10.6 million), which posted an 11% loss from last week but matched its overall average for the season.

The season finale of “House” (4.6/13, 12.3 million) on Fox was last night’s top-rated program and remained flat with its performance last week. Similarly, “24” (3.3/8, 10 million) showed no changes from last week.

NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” (1.0/3, 4.2 million) posted a 17% decrease from its already weak return last week, hitting a new series low. The first of two episodes of “Medium” 1.9/5, 6.3 million) also posted a new series low, while the second episode (2.3/6, 7.3 million) increased on its lead-in by 21% and was in line with previous episodes. As a two-hour block, “Medium” posted a 5% decrease from its same two-hour time period last week.

The CW’s “Gossip Girl” (1.2/3, 2.3 million) was one of only two shows to post gains for the night (the other was “The Big Bang Theory”). Last night’s episode, a back-door pilot for the potential 1980s prequel spinoff series, was up 9% over last week. At 9 p.m., “One Tree Hill” (1.1/3, 2.3 million) remained flat from last week, giving the network an average 2.3/7 among women 18-34.

For the night: CBS (3.9/10, 11.4 million) and Fox (3.9/11, 11.2 million) tied for first in the demo, while ABC (3.6/10, 15.7 million) won among total viewers. NBC (1.8/5, 5.9 million) finished fourth, followed by The CW (1.1/3, 2.3 million).

Final Nationals update (3 p.m.): Among the shows that posted slight gains in the final Nielsen numbers were "The Big Bang Theory" (3.7/11), "Dancing With the Stars" (4.2/11), "Deal or No Deal" (1.1/3), "House" (4.7/14), the 9 p.m. "Medium" (2.0/5) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.5/12). Show that dipped were "Castle" (2.4/7) and "24" (3.2/8), while the rest remained flat. At the network level, only The CW posted a change (up to a 1.2/3), while all others remained as is for their nightly average.

ABC Wins Sunday Ratings With ‘Housewives’

May 11, 2009 12:53 PM

On a night dominated by season finales across the networks, ABC won Sunday, while NBC's “Celebrity Apprentice” helped the network finish in second place.

Desperate Housewives

(Note: Viewership among adults 18-49 hit 33.6%, the lowest Sunday night this season, probably due to the Mothers’ Day holiday.)

ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” scored a 4.1 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and pulled in 12.1 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was the No. 1 show of the night, even though it posted a 7% decrease over last week and scored a new series low.

“Housewives’” performance did not help the season finale of “Brothers & Sisters” (3.0/8, 8.8 million), which remained flat over last week and dipped 14% below the previous season-to-date average. At 7 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.9/7, 7 million) slipped 17% over last week, while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (2.6/8, 8.2 million) scored its lowest original rating for the season at 8 p.m.

NBC kicked off the night with a new “Dateline” (0.9/3, 4 million), followed by the three-hour season finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.1/9, 8.7 million). Last night’s finale was on par with last week’s performance and flat form the show’s season-to-date average. It dipped 31% over 2008’s “Apprentice” finale (Thurs., March 27). During the final hour, “Celebrity” edged out season finales on the other networks to win the 10 p.m. slot.

CBS aired season finales against “Celebrity Apprentice” as well, to mixed results. While “The Unit” (2.4/7, 9.7 million) remained flat over last week in the 10 p.m. hour, both “The Amazing Race” (3.0/9, 10.4 million) and “Cold Case” (2.6/7, 11.8 million) decreased from last week (6% and 10%, respectively). Additionally, “Race” posted slight decreases compared with recent season finales. CBS aired “60 Minutes” (1.5/6, 10 million) at 7 p.m.

Fox’s “Sit Down, Shut Up” (0.7/3, 1.6 million) continued on its downward trend, descending to its lowest rating to date and posting a 13% drop over last week’s episode in its new, earlier 7 p.m. time slot. At 7:30 p.m., “American Dad” was a repeat. “The Simpsons” (2.5/8, 5.2 million) and “King of the Hill” (1.8/5, 4.1 million) took the biggest hits among the network’s programs for the night compared with last week, as “Simpsons” dipped 22% and “Hill” fell 28%. “Family Guy” (3.2/9, 6.5 million) was down 9% over last week, while an original “American Dad” decreased 14%.

The CW aired an encore of “Jericho” from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by the film “The Spy Who Loved Me.”

For the night: ABC (2.9/9, 9 million) claimed its fourth consecutive Sunday night win, followed by NBC (2.5/8, 7.6 million), CBS (2.4/7, 10.5 million), Fox (1.9/6, 4.4 million) and The CW (0.3/1, 1 million).

100th ‘Grey’s’ Wins Thursday

May 8, 2009 12:52 PM

ABC claimed its third consecutive Thursday night win during the current sweeps period with programming including the 100th episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” and a special with Michael J. Fox.

Grey's Anatomy

ABC’s “Grey’s” scored a 5.3 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 and 15.3 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures, which are now caught up after a week of delays. Last night’s episode, which marked the series’ 100th, posted slight gains over recent episodes and edged out its nearest competitor for the night (CBS’ “Survivor: Tocantins”) by 39% to take the top spot. “Grey’s” served as a solid lead-in for the special “Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” (3.3/10, 10.6 million), which was flat from the season finale of “Private Practice” in the timeslot last week. “Optimist” is expected to dip a bit in final numbers later today due to a slight “Grey’s” overrun into the 10 p.m. hour. At 8 p.m., “Ugly Betty” (2.1/7, 7.5 million) increased by one-tenth of a rating point over its return from hiatus last week.

New episodes of “Survivor: Tocantins” (3.8/12, 12 million) and “CSI” (3.5/9, 14.6 million) performed to mixed results. “Survivor” posted a 6% increase over last week and won its hour. It tied with NBC’s “The Office” as the No. 2 show of the night behind “Grey’s.” “CSI,” however, dipped one-tenth of a point from last week, continuing a trend of declines since William Petersen left the series earlier this year. Last night’s episode was down 29% from its season-to-date average. At 10 p.m., “CSI” was a repeat.

Last night’s “Bones” (2.3/7, 8.6 million) was flat from last week, even with a special appearance by “Family Guy’s” Stewie Griffin. “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.7/7, 6.5 million) posted a 10% decline for its second-to-last episode of the season.

NBC’s “My Name Is Earl” (1.7/6, 4.4 million) saw its lowest-rated original episode ever, down 32% from its season-to-date average. “Parks & Recreation” (2.0/6, 4.6 million) built on its lead-in by 18% but took a 9% tumble week-over-week. “The Office” (3.8/11, 7.7 million) was up one-tenth of a point over last week, while “30 Rock” (2.9/8, 6.2 million) was flat. “At 10 p.m., “Southland” (2.0/6, 6.5 million) remained flat with last week as well.

The CW’s “Smallville” (1.5/5, 3.4 million) delivered a slight gain over last week, while “Supernatural” (1.2/3, 2.9 million) declined one-tenth of a point. Overall the network averaged a 1.2/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: ABC (3.5/10, 11.1 million) won, followed by CBS (3.2/9, 12.1 million), Fox (2.5/7, 7.6 million), NBC (2.4/7, 6 million) and The CW (1.3/4, 3.1 milion).

Final National updates (4 p.m.): After factoring in some overrun, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" picked up to a 5.4/14, while the Michael J. Fox special dipped to a 3.1/9. CBS' "CSI" increased to a 3.6/10. NBC's "Parks & Recreation" (2.1/6) and "The Office" (3.9/11) both increased by one-tenth of a point. At the network level, ABC remained on top with an increase to a 3.6/10 average, while CBS held on to second with a bump to 3.3/10.

‘Scrubs’ Season Finale Not Too Bubbly

May 8, 2009 11:47 AM

Fox’s “Lie to Me” and “American Idol” on Wednesday both posted gains from the previous week, while the “Scrubs” finale on ABC was not a big ratings draw.

Scrubs

Fox’s “Lie” scored a 2.7 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers, according to final Nielsen figures. Wednesday night’s episode posted a 17% gain from last week and won the 8 p.m. hour with its best performance since mid-March. “American Idol” (8.3/20, 23.6 million) remained flat from its performance two weeks ago, but posted an 8% gain from last week after President Barack Obama’s press conference (which Fox did not air). “Idol” also won its hour.

ABC kicked off Wednesday night with the one-hour season (series?) finale of “Scrubs” (2.1/6, 5.1 million). Wednesday’s episode was in line with the show’s average for the night, up 11% from its most recent Wednesday telecast two weeks ago. At 9 p.m., “Lost” (4.0/10, 8.7 million) was down only one-tenth of a point, while “The Unusuals” (1.6/4, 4.6 million) in the 10 p.m. hour was up by as much.

CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (1.9/6, 6.5 million) and “Gary Unmarried” (2.0/6, 6.7 million) were both about par with their season-to-date averages, while “Criminal Minds” (3.3/8, 14.1 million) was flat from last week and “CSI: NY” (3.3/9, 13.4 million) posted a 3% increase and won the 10 p.m. hour.

A new-to-broadcast episode of “Law & Order: CI” (1.3/4, 5.7 million) gave the network its best rating in the time period since mid-March. After a “Law & Order SVU” repeat in the 9 p.m. hour, an original “Law & Order” (2.3/6, 8.1 million) pulled in the series’ best performance since early February and increased one-tenth of a rating point over last week.

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (1.7/5, 3.8 million) was off only one-tenth of a point from last week, when it went up against President Obama’s press conference. A “90210” repeat aired at 9 p.m., giving the network an overall 2.1/6 average among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox (5.5/15, 16.2 million) was first, followed by CBS (2.9/8, 11.4 million), ABC (2.6/7, 6.2 million), NBC (1.6/4, 6.1 million) and The CW (1.1/3, 2.5 million).

‘Idol’ Posts Gains to Take Tuesday Night

May 7, 2009 3:28 PM

Fox’s “American Idol” easily took the top ratings spot Tuesday, May 5, showing a slight gain over the previous week. American Idol

Fox’s “Idol” posted an 8.3 rating/23 share among adults 18-49 and scored 23.4 million viewers, according to final live-plus-same-day figures from Nielsen. Tuesday night’s episode, which featured performances from the final four contestants, gained 3% over the previous week and only dipped one-tenth of a point over its comparable night last year. In total viewers, Tuesday night’s episode was up 7% over this time last year. “Idol’s” bump, however, did not help “Fringe,” which scored a 3.8/10 (9.2 million) in the 9 p.m. hour—down 5% over last week. In the demo, “Idol” and “Fringe” were the top two shows of the night.

CBS dramas “NCIS” (3.6/10, 16.7 million), “The Mentalist” (3.6/9, 16.7 million) and “Without a Trace” (2.6/7, 11.8 million) were all in line with recent telecasts—the first two dipped just one-tenth of a rating point while the last increased by one-tenth. Both “Mentalist” and “Trace” also won their hours among total viewers.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples” (3.6/10, 9.1 million) remained flat over last week but continued to post season-to-date gains over last year, up 13% for the same comparable period. At 10 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU” (3.7/10, 9.8 million) dipped 5% over last week but won the hour in the demo.

Special episodes of “Scrubs” (1.5/4, 3.7 million) and “Better Off Ted” (1.2/3, 3.1 million) in the 8 p.m. hour improved ABC’s performance in the time period by 40% over last week when the network aired back to back episodes of “According to Jim.” Both “Scrubs” and “Ted,” however, slipped from their most recent original telecasts in their regular Wednesday time slots two weeks, posting 21% and 29% decreases, respectively. A results episode of “Dancing With the Stars” (3.2/8, 14.6 million) was off one-tenth of a point over last week, while “Cupid” (1.6/4, 5.1 million) remained flat.

The CW’s “Reaper” (0.8/2, 1.9 million) was up slightly over last week, while “90210” (0.9/2, 1.8 million) remained flat. The network averaged a 1.4/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox (6.2/17, 16.6 million) finished first, followed by NBC (3.9/10, 9.4 million), CBS (3.2/9, 15.1 million), ABC (2.0/6, 7.8 million) and The CW (0.9/2, 1.9 million).

‘Deal’ Is Low, ABC Comes Out High

May 7, 2009 11:08 AM

NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” returned for a summer run with its lowest Monday night rating ever, while ABC’s “Castle” posted a gain.

Castle

NBC’s “Deal” scored a 1.2 rating/3 share among adults 18-49 and pulled in 4.4 million viewers, according to final figures from Nielsen. The show posted gains from its first half hour to second (1.1 to 1.3), but averaged its lowest-rated Monday night ever. “Deal” also failed to improve on the preceding time-period average posted by “Chuck” in the hour. "Deal" scored a 50% decrease from last week’s finale and the show’s season average. At 9 p.m., a two-hour “Medium” (2.2/6, 7.2 million) matched its previous series low and remained flat over last week.

Without a “Surviving Suburbia” lead-in, ABC’s “Castle” (2.8/7, 10 million) posted a 40% increase from its performance last week against regular competition in the hour. From 8-10 p.m., “Dancing With the Stars” (4.8/13, 20.3 million) was about par with its previous season-to-date average and posted a 12% increase over last week in the demo. “Dancing” also ranked as the top show of the night in total viewers.

CBS had the top show of the night with “Two and a Half Men” (5.0/12, 14.2 million), while “Rules of Engagement” (4.1/10, 11.3 million) had a slight bump over last week. In the 8 p.m. hour, “The Big Bang Theory” (3.4/10, 9.2 million) and “How I Met Your Mother” (3.6/9, 8.9 million) were in line with recent performances. “CSI: Miami” (4.0/11, 13.7 million) showed a hefty 21% increase over last week’s performance.

A new episode of Fox’s “House” (4.6/13, 12 million) was flat over last week, while “24” (3.3/8, 10.1 million) was only down one-tenth of a point.

On The CW, “Gossip Girl” (1.1/3, 2.2 million) increased 10% over last week, while “One Tree Hill” (1.1/3, 2.2 million) remained flat. For the night, the network averaged a 2.7/7 among women 18-34.

For the night: ABC (4.2/11, 17 million) edged out the others for a win in the demo and its 10th consecutive Monday-night win in total viewers. CBS (4.0/11, 11.8 million) and Fox (4.0/10, 11.1 million) tied for second, followed by NBC (1.9/5, 6.3 million) and The CW (1.1/3, 2.2 million).

‘Sit Down’ Shift Fails to Boost Ratings as ‘Desperate’ Wins Sunday

May 6, 2009 3:24 PM

Fox’s shuffle of “Sit Down, Shut Up” to an earlier timeslot failed to improve either the show’s rating or its time-period performance on Sunday, while ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” ranked as the top show of the night with a new record low.

Desperate Housewives

Fox moved “Sit Down, Shut Up” to an earlier 7 p.m. time period after it posted weak numbers in its 8:30 p.m. timeslot. The half-hour animated comedy scored a 0.8 rating/3 share among adults 18-49 and 2.1 million viewers, according to final Nationals figures from Nielsen Media Research. “Sit Down” plummeted 62% from its previous average in the later time period, but took a much smaller 11% dip from last week’s repeat of “American Dad” in the same half-hour. A special “American Dad” (1.1/4, 2.5 million) aired at 7:30 p.m.

“The Simpsons” (3.2/10, 6.7 million) posted a 7% increase over last week, while “King of the Hill” (2.5/7, 5.1 million) in “Sit Down’s” prior slot held on to 78% of its lead-in; “Sit Down” retained only 63% of its lead-in last week. “King” also posted a 79% increase from its performance last week at 7:30 p.m. In the 9 p.m. hour, “Family Guy” (3.5/9, 6.6 million) and “American Dad” (2.8/7, 5.4 million) both posted slight gains over last week.

ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” (4.4/11, 13.5 million) was the top-rated show of the night, despite hitting a new series low. Sunday night’s episode was down 7% from last week’s episode and off 30% from its year-ago performance. “Desperate’s” dip also led “Brothers & Sisters” (3.0/8, 9.1 million) to a 3% decrease from last week, marking its lowest-rated episode since January. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.3/8, 8 million) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (2.7/8, 9.2 million) both were flat.

CBS’ “Cold Case” (2.9/8, 12.5 million) posted a hefty 38% increase over last week and provided a stronger lead-in for “The Unit” (2.4/6, 10 million), which increased 20% from last week. “60 Minutes” (2.0/7, 12.3 million) was up by one-third over its performance last week, while “The Amazing Race” (3.2/9, 10.8 million) remained flat.

NBC’s “Dateline” (1.2/4, 5.1 million) increased 20% over last week, while “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.1/8, 8.7 million) remained flat but drew its biggest audience since its season premiere in early March.

The CW aired a repeat of “Jericho” (0.2/1, 0.7 million) from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by a presentation of the film “Be Cool” (0.4/1, 1.2 million).

For the night: ABC (3.1/9, 10 million) came out on top in the demo, while CBS (2.6/8, 11.4 million) won in total viewers. Fox (2.3/7, 4.7 million) followed in third, then NBC (2.2/6, 6.7 million) and The CW (0.3/1, 1.1 million).

Nielsen Ratings Delay Continues for May 5

May 6, 2009 12:17 PM

Overnights ratings information from Nielsen continues to be delayed.

TV networks are not very pleased, as they are waiting for ratings information in the days leading to their upfront presentations. The New York Times explores the topic more here.

While Rating Chart Attack crunches Sunday night’s preliminary numbers, check out the epitome of New York class and grace in this clip from last night’s season finale of “Real Housewives of New York.”


Additional Delays from Nielsen

May 5, 2009 2:36 PM

Nielsen still has issues holding over from this weekend, delaying preliminary numbers for Monday, May 4, as well as weekly figures.

In the meantime, enjoy this clip of Jimmy Fallon beating Jennifer Aniston at grapefruit bowling. Why?

Why not?

Primetime Ratings for May 3 Delayed by Nielsen

May 4, 2009 12:36 PM

Preliminary Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 3, have been delayed by Nielsen Media Research due to processing issues. Check back here later for updates.

In the meantime, here's a clip from last night's "Family Guy" on Fox featuring guest star Lauren Conrad (MTV's "The Hills").

ABC Wins Thursday as Many Shows Sink in Ratings

May 1, 2009 11:15 AM

ABC won its second consecutive Thursday of the sweeps on a night that saw a slew of shows—including NBC’s “Southland” and CBS’ “CSI”—crashing to new lows.

Ugly Betty

ABC kicked off the night with “Ugly Betty,” which went on hiatus in order to make room for “In the Motherhood” and “Samantha Who?” Last night’s episode scored a 2.0 rating/6 share among adults 19-49 and 6.8 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. “Betty” was on par with its most recent performances, but improved on the last “Motherhood”-“Samantha” block by 33% since its last telecast two weeks ago (a repeat “Grey’s Anatomy” aired in the slot last week). An original “Grey’s Anatomy” (5.0/15, 13.9 million) remained flat from last week and matched its lowest original rating ever, while the season finale of “Private Practice” (3.5/10, 9.8 million) won the 10 p.m. hour but came in 10% below its previous season-to-date average.

CBS’ “CSI” (3.6/9, 15.3 million) continues to take major hits since the departure of William Petersen. Last night’s episode was the most watched program of the night, but it also ranked as the show’s lowest-rated telecast ever. “CSI” posted a 3% dip from last week’s episode, but it was off 27% from its season-to-date average. At 8 p.m. a new “Survivor: Tocantins” (3.6/11, 11.7 million) posted a one-tenth of a point gain over last week. A repeat of “Criminal Minds” (2.4/7, 10.3 million) at 10 p.m. improved the network’s time period by 21% over last week’s episode of “Harper’s Island,” which has since been moved to a Saturday slot. http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/04/harpers_island_moved_to_saturd.php

NBA Playoffs coverage on TNT may have affected performances for several broadcast shows, particularly those that skew more toward male audiences.

NBC’s “Southland” (2.1/6, 6.7 million) continued to lose steam, particularly against stronger competition Thursday night. Yesterday’s episode was down 13% from last week and ranks as the lowest-rated to date, trailing “Private Practice” and “Criminal Minds” in the hour. “My Name Is Earl” (2.2/7, 5.3 million) and “Parks & Recreation” (2.3/7, 5.3 million) both were flat from last week. “The Office” (3.7/10, 7.3 million) clocked in with its lowest-rated episode in its regular time period this season, while “30 Rock” (2.9/7, 6 million) also hit a season low when following an original “Office” episode.

Fox’s “Bones” (2.2/7, 8.8 million) and “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.8/7, 7 million) post posted slight gains from last week (down 4% and 7%, respectively).

The CW’s “Smallville” (1.4/4, 3.3 million) and “Supernatural” (1.3/3, 3 million) both posted bumps over last week’s episodes (up 8% and 18%, respectively). The network averaged a 1.2/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: ABC finished first (3.5/10, 10.2 million), followed by CBS (3.2/9, 12.5 million), a tie between Fox (2.5/7, 7.9 million) and NBC (2.5/7, 6.2 million), and The CW (1.3/4, 3.1 million).

Final Nationals update (3 p.m.): ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” climbed to a 5.1/13, CBS’ “CSI” to a 3.7/9 and Fox’s “Bones” to a 2.3/7. Shows that took a dip included CBS’ “Criminal Minds” repeat (2.3/7) and NBC’s “My Name Is Earl” (2.1/7), “Parks and Recreation” (2.2/7) and “Southland” (2.3/7). At the network level, ABC increased to a 3.6/10 and remained in the top spot.