Overnight metered market ratings are in for the first Thursday night broadcast battle of fall 2011, according to TVbytheNumbers.com, and we have a winner.
CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” was the top show of the night, with the story reporting a 9.6 household rating from 8-9 p.m. in metered markets. The hour episode improved on last year’s premiere, which ran 30 minutes and drew a 9.2.
CBS also notched strong 8.6 averages for both the series debut of “Person of Interest” and the season premiere of “The Mentalist.”
The second night of Fox’s “The X Factor” was down a little from Wednesday’s premiere with an 8.3 average rating, off about 5% from the previous night’s 8.7.
ABC’s highly anticipated “Charlie’s Angels” premiered to a decent 6.1 average, and the show’s lead-out, a two-hour “Grey’s Anatomy,” improved on that with a 7.7. The bad news for ABC may be that “Grey’s” was down 23% from the show’s one-hour premiere last year, according to the story.
NBC saw smaller numbers across the board: A mere 2.8 average household rating for “Community” (down from 3.6 last year); a 3.0 for “Parks & Recreation.” Maybe it’s good news that, without Steve Carell, “The Office” came close to last year’s premiere number, scoring a 5.4 rating compared with a 5.6 a year ago — but the show carried months of hype into the premiere about who would get Carell’s old job, so the number still may be a disappointment.
Better news for NBC: It’s new comedy “Whitney” kept 90% of the “Office” audience, with a 5.0 household number, according to the report. And “Prime Suspect” pulled in a 4.6 — a solid improvement for the time slot over last year, when “The Apprentice” settled for a 3.2.
TVWeek.com will post overnight finals later today.