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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.


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Ah Supernatural, the little spooky engine that could.

But what was the point of moving Harper's Island? I'm assuming, since CBS is running a contest dependent on the outcome, they have to air all of the episodes, so why replace it with a rerun on Thursday night?

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