Live Edition of NBC’s ’30 Rock’ Hits Season Ratings High But Falls Short of Its CBS Competition

Oct 15, 2010  •  Post A Comment

NBC’s much-hyped live edition of "30 Rock" set a season high with 6.7 million total viewers and a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to TVbytheNumbers.com, but that wasn’t enough to match the numbers for "$#*! My Dad Says," which aired opposite it on CBS.

The new William Shatner sitcom racked up 10.1 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo.

At 8 p.m. CBS’s "The Big Bang Theory" earned a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demo at the top of the hour, followed by "$#*! My Dad Says" at 8:30. Fox’s "Bones" had a 2.6 in the demo for the hour, while NBC’s "Community" had a 2.2 in the 18-49 demo leading into the live "30 Rock."

At 9 p.m. the first hour of ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy" collected an average rating of 4.5 in the 18-49 demo, up against CBS’s "CSI," which averaged 3.1, and Fox’s "Fringe," with a 1.95 in that same demo. NBC’s "The Office" and "Outsourced" had a 3.7 rating and a 2.5, respectively, in the 18-49 demo for the hour.

CBS’s "The Mentalist" took the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.25 average rating in the 18-49 demo, over ABC’s "Private Practices” with a 3.05 average. In third place was NBC’s "The Apprentice," which scrounged up a 1.3 in the 18-49 demo for the hour.


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  2. * my dad says is an awful show why is anyone watching it?

  3. Spikey – because Shatner is far more likable, and watchable, than the smug Tina Fey. 30 Rock has been repeating its own jokes for too long and Alec Baldwin couldn’t carry the show forever.

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