Premiere Week Ratings: Fox Wins the Demo, CBS Wins Total Viewers and ABC Is in the Hunt, as (Almost) Everyone Has Something to Cheer About on Thursday Night

Sep 23, 2011  •  Post A Comment

CBS’s season-opening double shot of “The Big Bang Theory” got the Tiffany Network off to a strong start last night, but in the end it was a little too much “X Factor” as Fox scored its first win ever for a Thursday night of fall premiere week in the key 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

Fox tallied a 4.1 average rating for the night in adults 18-49 to beat CBS (3.6 average), ABC (3.4) and NBC (2.4). CBS squeaked ahead in total viewers with an average for the night of 13.6 million to 12.1 million for Fox, 9.8 million for ABC and 5.7 million for NBC.

At 8 p.m. the season premiere of "Big Bang" and a second episode scored a 4.8 rating and a 5.0, respectively, in the 18-49 demographic. The first hour of Fox’s "The X Factor" results show was second with a 3.9 for the hour, while the series premiere of ABC’s remake of "Charlie’s Angels" managed just a 2.1. NBC’s season premieres of "Community" and "Parks & Recreation" settled for a 1.7 and a 2.0, respectively. CW’s "Vampire Diaries" trailed with a 1.2 in the 18-49 demo for the hour.

At 9 p.m. hour two of "The X Factor" rose to a 4.4 in the 18-49 demo to win the hour, beating the first hour of the supersized season premiere of ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy," which kept it close with a 3.9. NBC’s "The Office" season premiere at the top of the hour also had a 3.9, followed by the series premiere of "Whitney" with a promising 3.2 in the same demo. After months of hype about who would get Steve Carell’s old job on “The Office,” NBC may have had reason to expect a better turnout. But CBS’s critically acclaimed "Person of Interest" fared even worse with its series premiere, which scored a 3.1 in the 18-49 demo. CW’s "The Secret Circle" trailed with a 0.9.

The battle at 10 p.m. went to hour two of "Grey’s" with a 4.2 in the 18-49 demo. CBS’s "The Mentalist" managed only a 2.8 in the 18-49 demographic, but that was better than NBC’s new show "Prime Suspect," which settled for a 1.8.

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  1. I can’t believe TVD fell so much this week. I guess there must have been a lot of competition in that slot this week.

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