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Metered Market Thursday Ratings
Clean Sweep for CBS
ABC 5.2/ 8
Fox 4.6/ 7
NBC 2.6/ 4
CW 1.6/ 2
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday 12/08/11):
CW: +100, ABC: +44, CBS: + 5, NBC: -16, Fox: -29
The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Last Resort (ABC), 30 Rock (NBC), Up All Night (NBC), The Office (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)
CBS remains the network to beat on Thursday with a clean overnight sweep from 8-11 p.m. care of The Big Bang Theory (10.8 rating/18 share — No.1 for the evening), Two and a Half Men (8.5/14), sophomore Person of Interest (9.2/14) and recent entry Elementary (7.0/12). Comparably, Elementary finished 18 percent below year-ago occupant The Mentalist (8.5/14 on 12/08/11), with retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Person of Interest (9.3/14) of 75 percent. In other words, not every dominant show is a “winner.”
Next was ABC, which was at typical Thursday overnight levels as a result of canceled drama Last Resort (#4: 3.5/ 5), veteran Grey’s Anatomy (#2: 6.5/10) and sophomore Scandal (#2: 5.6/10), which featured a guest shot by Stephen Collins. Retention for Scandal out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Grey’s Anatomy was an improved 86 percent. And this could be enough to push Scandal ahead of competing Elementary among key adults 18-49.
As a reminder, upcoming ABC drama Zero Hour, with former ER star Anthony Edwards in search of his missing wife, debuts in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour effective on February 14.
In the No. 3 spot overall for the evening was Fox’s pairing of The X Factor (#2: 5.7/ 9), which dipped by 21 percent from the 7.2/12 it delivered one year earlier, and Glee (#3: 3.5/ 5), which remains on the double-digit percent downside since moving from Tuesday to Thursday. Like any high school based series, the shelf life is limited. Remember Room 222, Room 222 and Boston Public?
Elsewhere, the Thursday results for NBC were grim care of 30 Rock (#4: 2.6/ 4), Up All Night (#4: 2.3/ 4), The Office (#4: 3.0/ 5), Parks & Recreation (#4: 2.4/ 4) and Rock Center With Brian Williams (#3: 2.8/ 7), which will move to Fridays at 10 p.m. (out of Dateline while Grimm is on hiatus) effective on February 8. NBC’s revamped Thursday in midseason will consist of the return of Community at 8 p.m., followed by Parks and Recreation, The Office and new sitcom 1600 Penn from 8:30-10 p.m., and new drama Do No Harm at 10 p.m.
The CW capped off this first Thursday in December with The Vampire Diaries at a below average 2.0/ 3 (#5) at 8 p.m., followed by recent entry Beauty and the Beast at lackluster 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m. Comparably, retention for Beauty and the Beast out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of The Vampire Diaries (1.9/ 3) was only 63 percent and the ongoing steep demographic erosion means ordering nine additional episodes was a foolish move. And there you have it…the Thursday overnights.
Source: Nielsen Media Research