Thursday Nielsen TV Ratings: NAACP Image Awards, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, My Name is Earl, Ugly Betty, E.R., The Office, and 30 Rock

Thursday Ratings: Survivor Returns Well, Grey’s Boosts Practice To Demo Beatdown

Posted on 13 February 2009 by Bill Gorman

Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC Uni FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 14.205 12.223 7.246 4.246 4.229 2.188
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.1/11 4.7/12 3.1/8 1.8/5 1.4/4 0.9/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.4/7 4.7/14 3.0/9 2.0/6 1.4/4 0.8/2

After almost 9 years and 18 incarnations, Survivor still has gas left in the tank, and with it CBS averaged 14.2 million viewers to top Thursday night, but the youth belonged to ABC as the Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice pairing swept the younger demos from 9-11pm against all new CBS competition.

The premiere of Survivor: Tocantins dominated the 8pm hour with a 4.5 rating for adults 18-49 and an average of 13.8 million viewers . That was almost identical to the 2 hour Survivor:Gabon premiere last fallUgly Betty gave it a fight in the 18-34 demo with a 2.4. My Name is Earl was up a few demo ticks from last week. It will be interesting to see this hour’s results next week when Bones returns. Fox went with the 40th NAACP Image Awards from 8-10 and got crushed. Perhaps someone who knows more about the industry dynamics can tell me why Fox would kill the Bones/Hell’s Kitchen momentum while getting pummeled for the night by programming something like the Image Awards during a competitive week.

Last week we could ascribe some of ABC’s 9-11pm success to the CBS reruns, but with CBS airing all new episodes last night, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice did even better, both increasing across the board and sweeping the demos for both hours. The Mouse is celebrating. CSI did top the viewership at 9pm, but it was small consolation. The Office was close to its averages, but 30 Rock was noticeably above its season average demos.

Eleventh Hour was completely overwhelmed by Private Practice at 10. E.R. was relatively flat vs. last week and competitive in the demos with Eleventh Hour.

For comparison here are last Thursday’s fast affiliate results.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share 18-34 Rating/ Share
8:00 CBS Survivor: Tocantins (premiere) 13.795 4.5/13 2.6/8
ABC Ugly Betty 7.444 2.3/7 2.4/7
NBC My Name Is Earl 6.305 2.6/8 2.1/7
UNI Cuidado con el Ángel 4.312 1.7/5 1.9/6
FOX 40th NAACP Image Awards 4.174 1.4/4 1.5/5
CW Smallville (repeat) 2.395 0.9/3 0.8/3
8:30 NBC Kath & Kim 5.478 2.4/6 2.3/7
9:00 CBS CSI 17.781 4.9/12 2.9/8
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 15.704 6.0/14 6.1/16
NBC The Office 8.887 4.6/11 5.4/15
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5.088 2.2/5 2.5/7
FOX 40th NAACP Image Awards 4.284 1.4/3 1.3/3
CW Supernatural (repeat) 1.982 0.8/2 0.8/2
9:30 NBC 30 Rock 7.617 3.8/9 4.3/11
10:00 ABC Private Practice 14.151 5.8/15 5.8/16
CBS Eleventh Hour 11.038 2.7/7 1.6/5
NBC E.R. 7.246 2.6/7 1.9/5
UNI Rosa de Guadalupe 3.339 1.4/4 1.6/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101.

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103 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous says:

    30 Rock did quite well — haven’t seen that demo in a few months now.

  2. rick says:

    30 rock is back to its best numbers after a few low rated episodes

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh, and the fact that the hideous Kath & Kim tied/beat Ugly Betty in the demos is just disturbing…

  4. j says:

    Wow, CSI has about twice of Office’s viewers but only slightly above Office in 18-49 and about half of office in 18-34. I thought it did better than that, actually. Similarly with Survivor.

    And I find it interesting how close Grey’s/Private’s 18-49 and 18-34 are with each other.

    Probably none of this is new but i just never noticed.

  5. rick says:

    after the greys/pp crossover is done pp will be back to about 10m viewers and a 4.0 ish demo

  6. Average Joe says:

    They should make the next Survivor on the LOST Island and one by one Locke, Sawyer, Sayid, Ben and the smoke monster dispose of them as they take turns pushing the button every 108 minutes. As the winner (the only survivor is whisked off the Island by Jeff Probst) they stand on the shore screaming “Stay the hell off our Island!”

    NAACP lost out to Univision? Sign O the Times.

  7. rick says:

    fox would have finished dead last if the cw had aired new episodes

  8. Steve says:

    impressive figure for private practice. it prob be back to its 8-10 million again next week

  9. Hot Pocket says:

    CSI: is still a beast without Grissom and a better show with Fishburne.

    Next week is Survivor vs Bones so Survivor will be going down.

    NBC Thursday is pathetic and the traditional cams should return will soon to the network.

    FRIDAY THE 13th, which was great vs Dollhouse & T:SCC. Either you’re going to the theater tonight, watching Jeff Hardy return, or watching FOX.

  10. S. says:

    Is there anywhere, any place where we can get the numbers for the markets in the Central timezone? The reason I ask is because, there GA is at 8, and PP is at 9, the higher HUT hour. Last week PP did better than GA in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, that I am really curious about those numbers.

  11. Ricardo says:

    GA and PP are doing really good, which is even better considering they’re not very good shows (in my opinion, of course).

  12. idizzle says:

    Even if PP goes back to 10 million viewers and a 4.0 that will still be a success for the whole “revive Private Practice” project. After the disaster that was there whole Wednesday line up in the early season, salvaging that show was about the best they could have hoped for. And 10 million and a 4.0 demo would be Lost numbers, there are only two shows on ABC reliably doing better.

    Amazing that Greys is ticking up from the crossover too though, it looked like that would be a one way street.

  13. Steve says:

    yes people please watch TSCC tonight. forget ghost whisperer or whatever else is on watch Terminator and keep it alive.

  14. Julia says:

    I love weeks when 30 Rock beats Heroes. :D

  15. Bill Gorman says:

    S., we don’t see any market specific numbers, and I don’t know of any to be found online, sorry.

  16. adam says:

    Kath and Kim matching Ugly Betty in the demos. Should I laugh or cry?

  17. Bill Gorman says:

    And Kath & Kim is generally regarded as finished on NBC, while Ugly Betty has a fighting chance to return. The quirks of the TV industry!

  18. Lourdes says:

    I just don’t understand how GA has those numbers. It’s slowly turning into ER, everything happens to them!!! PP is slightly better, but still…
    CSI has impressive numbers, who said it would go down after Grissom left? Wrong. Eleventh Hour needs more publicity. It’s a good show. Could do better. HAS done better.
    Bones is back next week, watch out.

  19. Sam says:

    Does anybody know why the CW is going trough another 6 weeks hiatus?

  20. Matt says:

    Wow. What? Ugly Betty lost to Kath and Kim in the demos?! The underdog “30 Rock” beat Heroes in viewers this week… What? (Congrats 30 Rock.) Someone at NBC did something right. I think the promos for NBC’s Thursday night were great this week.


    I got to admit, I sort of watched Kath and Kim last night waiting for The Office. It’s not as horrible anymore. (Key word “as”.) Molly Shannon and Selma Blair are actually pretty great.

    Whatever it can still give it’s spot to the Amy Poehler show.

  21. Average Joe says:

    Why is CW on hiatus again? The poor network is held together with little more than rubber bands, duct tape and bubble gum. Its on the verge of completely imploding - sort of like the way the LOST Island vanished at the end of Season 4 - WHOOOOOOSHHHPPPP….

  22. Robert Seidman says:

    it’s not really that quirky. Ugly Betty won the 8p-9p hour with women 18-34, and the half hour it was against Kath & Kim it crushed it in that demo.

  23. David says:

    I suggest ABC move part of the docs from Private Practice to Seattle Grace, dump the duds from both shows, and make one strong, successful series. The numbers have been much better for PP since moving to Thursday, so guess ABC will hand it a renewal this spring. Too bad, as Kate Walsh belongs at home on GA!

  24. steve says:

    CSI seems to be holding up well with Grissom ad not dropping like some people thought it would.

    Nexted week bones vs survivor should be intresting to see how bones does.

  25. JT says:

    Crossover or not, I am still pretty shocked by how well Private Practice did last night. ABC should consider themselves lucky that they didn’t destroy this spinoff with their typical poor programming decisions. PP should have had this timeshot from the very beginning!

    My prediction for the remainder of the season is that Private Practice is going to retain 80-90% of Grey’s lead in. Beyond this season, ABC would be completely insane if they try to launch it out on another night. Perhaps by the end of next season, PP will be established enough to try this, but for now they better leave it alone.

    However, with all the programming holes in their schedule, I think they might want to consider a new show to follow DH on Sundays. Despite what some consider poor retention out of DH, I think “Brothers and Sisters” has developed a loyal audience that would follow them. Like they did with Grey’s a few years back, perhaps they air a two-part special of B&S on Sunday/Monday at 10pm to see how it stands on its own. If it does well on Mondays (and assuming Castle is the bomb it probably will be), they should move it to Mondays at 10.

  26. Elyk says:

    Well, isn’t February Black History month? So obviously FOX decided to air them. Why this week, and not any other week of February…Who knows?

  27. Tony says:

    Private Anatomy scores another win!

    The Office and 30 Rock definately benefited from no Hells Kitchen. I agree I don’t understand why Fox would ruin that momentum of Hells Kitchen and Bones. Not to mention a much lesser amount of people who could watch ads to promote two shows that are starting tonight that need all the promotion they can get.

    Obviously Kath and Kim is gone next season but can someone put down My Name is Earl as well? I think it’s run it’s course but I think it will last another season.

    Ugly Betty is what it is and ABC will keep it for another year so it can set it’s sights on those sindicated dollars.

  28. Kathy B. says:

    The only show I watched last night was the Supernatural repeat. One of the funniest episodes.

  29. JT says:


    CSI was down from it’s average for a new episode. If Grey’s can keep up the momentum this spring, we might see it winning in total viewers pretty soon, as I think CSI is going to sink even further. In my opinion, the chemistry is all wrong with anyone not named William Peterson playing the lead.

    Here’s a crazy thought for next fall….what if CBS decides to move “The Mentalist” to Thursdays at 9pm and then have CSI follow it at 10? You think they’re considering it?

  30. dave says:

    Will CSI’s impressive numbers without Grissham, keep cast salaries down for the entire franchise? I think it would; CBS must be thrilled to have these numbers as a bargaining chip when negotiating new contracts for the CSI actors.

  31. cool says:

    CBS will not move the NCIS/The Mentalist and even if they do, like CSI, The Mentalist is a older skewing show.

  32. Matt says:

    I don’t know how much syndicated value Ugly Betty has. It’s reruns are Terrible! They should just end it. They’ll have to go to season 5 to get full syndication anyways.

  33. Eddie says:

    Um, usually FOX shows the Image Awards on Friday night, so the fact the it draws such little viewers is not even a big deal and might even come in second for the night. I have no idea why it was moved to Thursday, but I know NAACP has a long-term contract with FOX to show the awards.

  34. SteveS says:

    I’m thrilled to see GA going up! Now that Denny is finally gone (hopefully for good this time), it’s been fantastic. GA should help PP next week since the crossover supposedly winds up next week according to last night’s promo. After that, I expect PP’s ratings to drop considerably.

  35. matt says:

    nice numbers for 30 rock

  36. S. says:

    Thanks for the reply, Bill. Google and local papers will have to do, then,

  37. Jon K. says:

    I almost never watch private practice, but I did last night and to me it really felt like an extended Grey’s ep then a crossover. Yes there were parts that featured the PP cast alone with no involvement from anyone on Grey’s. It will be interesting to the the half hour numbers next week with PP because I have a feeling there will be a pretty big drop from the first to the second in the coming weeks.

  38. Alan says:

    So glad for The Office and especially 30 Rock. Maybe it’s John Hamm bringing in lots of women viewers to 30 Rock? It would be interesting to see gender numbers because I’m hearing lots of women who are super starved for more John Hamm!

  39. Unknown says:

    Another Thursday where the most overrated shows getting millions of viewers while better shows struggle. Im getting very worried about Ugly Betty but I think it can still last another season. Another Normal Office Numbers with incredible 18-35. Kudos to 30 Rock do. One of its best numbers in a while. And FUNNY Episode I might add. Why is Tina Fey so HOT!!!

  40. Joseph says:

    Tony have to disagree with you there My Name is Earl is still a fantastic show and I hope it lasts many season I think it’s still got legs with Joy and Darnell in witness protection it added a different story to Earl I like the show hope it has a longer run on NBC

  41. josh says:

    if ugly betty has another season, it will have around 85 episodes, that enough for 17 weeks of sindication, not bad!!

    Private Practice did really well, like someone else said… I would leave it in this slot until at least the start of season 4m and i would try brothers and sisters on a monday night at 10! it will be behind CSI MIAMI but oh well!

  42. Lourdes says:

    I expect that too.

  43. rick says:

    i think ugly betty should air after dancing with the stars that would give it a huge boost

  44. Darius says:

    I still enjoy My Name is Earl as well and hope it can come back for another season. Great to see 30 Rock up as well.

  45. cool says:

    Of course PP will drop without the crossover but the fact that is doubling the numbers of their competitors (ER and EH) and is the first show after Grey’s that have ‘decent’ numbers, ABC will keep PP there. Even if PP drop 50% next thursday, it will beat ER and EH.

  46. Gerry says:

    GA is a total bore. But thanks to “Journeyman,” and Addison they keep it
    off life support at least for one more week

  47. Alan says:

    Thursdays are too crowded: Survivor, Hell’s Kitchen, 30 Rock, The Office, CSI, Grey’s Anatomy. There’s too much going on for Ugly Betty to fit in. Even people with DVR won’t DVR it because there’s too much else. I really think UB needs to move back away from crowded Thursdays. Obviously it can’t go to Tuesday or Wednesday, but it would get crushed by American Idol. I’m thinking maybe Mondays?

  48. Julia says:

    Alan, only one of the shows you mentioned is actually competing against Ugly Betty. Doesn’t seem very crowded to me.

  49. Alan says:

    Julia, it’s extremely crowded. Almost all the shows I watch are on Thursdays and I need 2 VCR’s (yes, I still use VCR’s) just to be able to see everything. You are welcome to your opinion, but I think there is too much on Thursdays leaving other nights total wastelands and UB gets lost in the shuffle. I think it should be moved.

  50. Alan says:

    Or I suppose you think Ugly Betty is struggling for no reason? You don’t think strong competition has anything to do with UB’s dropping numbers from when it aired in a different timeslot in earlier seasons? Not likely.

  51. Julia says:

    Alan, a show at 8 doesn’t compete with shows that are on at 9. Thursday lineups have not changed much on any network other than FOX, in the past couple of years (at least during the 8-10 hours). How is it suddenly too crowded when Ugly Betty was doing fine previously? But thanks for allowing me my opinion.

  52. Julia says:

    Alan, Ugly Betty never aired in any other timeslot.

  53. rick says:

    ugly betty is struggling and abc should try a change of timeslot before canelling it.

    i think it would do well on tuesdays with

    DWTS at 8
    ugly betty at 9

  54. Pad says:

    I fail to see how UB is suffering from this alleged overcrowding. Kath and Kim is the only show my untrained eye spots as potential overlapping audience. Saying its overcrowded is akin to scheduling Terminator on the same night as Desperate Housewives and then saying Housewives is hurting it due to overcrowding.

  55. idizzle says:

    The reason ABC is struggling is that it’s tired and serialized. There are some things ABC can try and there are some it definitely should try seeing how hard everything they’ve picked up since failed, but it’s not the 9pm line up that’s hurting it.

  56. idizzle says:

    And by ABC, though that’s struggling too, I obviously mean Ugly Betty.

  57. Paul says:

    The results from Private Practice is very reconfortant for those like me that always tyhink that this slot was the best option to ABC. No other show did so weel after GA, even when GA did better~ratings.

    I agree with Ugly Betty at 9 pm on tuesdays after DWTS.

  58. Alan says:

    Yes, thank you Julia, I do know that shows at 8 don’t compete with shows at 9. I find Thursday nights be very crowded IN GENERAL. I have felt this way for a long time. It seems even more crowded in the last couple of seasons.

    From 8:00-11:00 at least 3 networks air shows I watch at the same time, and from 8:00-9:00, all 4 networks air shows that I watch at the same time.

    I think Ugly Betty’s numbers would improve on a different night. Now how about YOU allow me to have THAT opinion? Or am I not allowed?

    By the way, your condescending attitude is really refreshing, thanks! Makes for a great discussion.

  59. Julia says:

    Rick, ABC would not put DWTS directly up against Idol. They purposely changed the DWTS schedule for the Spring 2007 run with the stated intent of avoiding Idol.

  60. rick says:

    well im just talking about the fall where dwts doesnt face idol.

    during midseason they could push the schedule back with a recap dwts at 8, dwts at and ugly betty at 10.

  61. Julia says:

    Alan, every night feels crowded to some people. Particularly when they are fans of shows that are not doing well. Ugly Betty is up against less competition than it has been in previous seasons and it is doing worse. I’m not saying ABC should definitely cancel it, but if it gets moved and loses even more viewers (which it likely would), you and the other fans will start blaming ABC for an inconsistent schedule driving away viewers.

  62. JT says:

    I think the reason Ugly Betty is struggling is because its buzz has worn off. ABC might have some success if they moved it after Dancing with the Stars on Tuesdays.

    Here is what I think ABC should do come fall:


    7-8 AFV
    8-9 EM: Home Edition
    9-10 Desperate Housewives
    10-11 New Drama

    8-10 Dancing With/Stars
    10-11 Brothers & Sisters

    8-9 DWTS Rslts
    9-10 Ugly Betty
    10-11 Cupid (if it survives…otherwise a new series)

    8-9 New Sitcom Block (Multi Cam Sitcoms)
    9-10 Lost (yes, air the final season in the fall!!!)
    10-11 New Series

    8-9 New Drama
    9-10 Grey’s Anatomy
    10-11 Private Practice

    8-9 New Reality Series
    9-10 Primetime: What Would You Do?
    10-11 20/20

    8-11 College Football

  63. rick says:

    that actually sounds like a very solid schedule. although abc will never move lost to the fall. there is increased competition during midseason so abc will want such a strong demo performer in its midseason schedule

  64. Matt says:

    I agree with Pad and Julia. There’s nothing else in Ugly Bettys target demographic airing against it.

    It’s aired at 8 on Thursdays ever since it premiered and faced much of the same competition. And you can’t say Bones was killing it because this week there wasn’t Bones and it still did poorly. The fact is UB is 3-4 million worse in the same time slot vs the same competition as 2 seasons ago and is still declining.

  65. rick says:

    ugly betty is definitely declining but if abc gave it a strong lead in it would probably gain pretty big numbers. ugly betty has been a little off creativewise recently too there hasnt been any standout storylines.

  66. Alan says:

    Yes, I generally agree. I hate it when shows get bounced around the schedule. But when a show has a noticeable and sizeable drop in viewers, what do you do?

    Networks seems to follow 2 strategies when a show is struggling.

    1. You radically change the show with a “gimmick”, such as the 1980’s Sitcom gimmick (Weddings, Pregnancies, Babies and Cute Kids. Think Cosby Show or Family Ties), or the 2000’s Flash-Forward gimmick (Desperate Housewives, One Tree Hill).

    2. You cancel it without even giving it a CHANCE in a new timeslot, also called the “My So Called Life” approach. My So Called Life, If I’m not mistaken ran up against Mad About You, then one of the top rated sitcoms, and was clearly being pummelled, and was not given a chance anywhere else. This also happens to new shows in the fall.

    So, I personally would prefer Ugly Betty be given a chacne in a new timeslot rather than options 1 or 2 be adopted. Again, that’s just the humble opinion of me (someone who doesn’t sit around all day running a TV blog for a living).

  67. Robert Seidman says:

    prediction: if Ugly Betty comes back, it will stay exactly where it is. If ABC is happy with UB winning women 18-34, it might be enough.

    Networks have to have some shows that run at 8pm, and UB is a good fit as an 8pm show. Would it benefit by a DWTS lead-in? in terms of raw numbers it would, but I’m not sure that improved numbers on a Tuesday would wind up paying more than the numbers it has on Thursday since Thursday advertising pays more in general.

    It seems more likely that ABC would use the DWTS lead-in to launch a new show.

  68. JT says:

    Robert, I think that’s ABC’s problem. None of their new shows have held the DWTS lead in. I think they should try out an established show after DWTS on at least one of the nights to see if it can do any better. Personally, I think Brothers & Sisters could do well on Monday nights.

  69. Melissa says:

    If the idiots at ABC had scheduled Private Practice after Grey’s Anatomy from the start, or at least the start of this season, they wouldn’t have needed the cross overs to save it. I expect a huge drop next week, but not enough to cancel it.

  70. JT says:

    Robert, while I do agree with you, I think that’s ABC’s problem. None of their new shows can hold the DWTS audience. If I were them, I would give an established show one of those two timeslots. I really think Brothers & Sisters could do well on Mondays at 10pm.

  71. JT says:

    sorry for the semi-duplicate response…my cpu froze for a second…LOL :)

  72. Private Practice Fan says:


  73. S. says:

    This is what I was talking about,
    PP does better than GA for a second week in the Dallas-Forth Worth, because it airs at 9pm, a higher HUT hour.

  74. Bill Gorman says:

    S., very interesting. I used to have Uncle Barky in my RSS reader but no longer. I was unaware he was doing DFW metro ratings posts.

  75. dave says:

    Thursday is a hard day to schedule because the Movie studios, which often have ties to the networks, drive up the price of advertising. This means the stakes are higher, and the competition is tighter. It also means that shows like ugly betty hold higher value despite low ratings because young women is a valuable demographic to studios.(Rom Com)

  76. dave says:

    Why Fox struggles so much on this night is beyond me. AI should be a Wed/Thu affair. Or at least put House or 24 here.

  77. Michael says:


  78. GY says:

    YAY!!! Go PP!!!
    They did great! Im happy, eventhough i expect some drop next week, they could stay on 9 million or 10.

  79. Bill Gorman says:

    Dave, I think Fox’s line up of Bones/Hell’s Kitchen will do fine on Thursdays. They had the Image Awards last night as a one time special. Another commenter said they used to be on Friday. That makes a lot more sense, but maybe they had to go this week and with the Terminator/Dollhouse start they were forced to air Thursday. Too bad for Fox, but it was just a single night.

  80. Shea says:

    Just Incase anyone needs to know. Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice crossover again next week in “the thrilling conclusion” to the 3 week sets of episodes

  81. Shea says:

    Next week PP and GA crossover again. Expect even bigger numbers

  82. kyle says:

    WOW Private Practise & 30 ROCK did great hmmm weird, any idea why PP is up so much? I’ve never watched it

  83. Junior M. says:

    30 Rock is back to the game, baby!

  84. tom says:

    question: how can grey’s have a 6.1 in 18-34… and a lower 6.0 in 18-49? wouldn’t all the 18-34’s be included in the 18-49? what am i missing? would that mean that 0 people watched ages 35-49?

  85. Bill Gorman says:

    tom, ratings are percentages of those US TV age groups, so a 6.1 rating for 18-34 means 6.1% of that population, and a 6.0 rating for 18-49 means 6.0% of that population were watching.

    You can learn more at these two links:

  86. Lisa says:

    I think ABC’s decision to air Practice on a night away from Grey’s was a worthwhile gamble. It got quite a bit of publicity and if it succeeded would have given ABC a foothold on Wed. I feel like they had to try, at least.

    When it didn’t work out, putting the shows back to back was the best move. Now I think Practice will keep a lot of the new viewers brought in by the crossover.

  87. DaisiesDeathKnell says:

    Survivor still continues to amaze…..everybody thought there wasn’t enough juice left for a second season, especaily against Friends, and then it went on to become the highest rated show of that year. It’s the textbook example of reinventing and tweaking a concept just enough to keep people interested.

  88. sdfds says:

    yeah, Michael, like I’m going to watch “Everybody Hates Chris” reruns instead…

  89. johnthemon says:

    wow, 3.8 for 30 rock!

    I was afraid the recent ratings lull would be permanent, of course this could just be a fluke.

    I just can’t believe people are still watching Survivor…I mean good grief! I was never fully onto the survivor boat, but I watched the first season, and the part of the Fall 2003 season (don’t remember the number), but it’s on like season billion and people still find it interesting. Why?

  90. Dan says:

    I’m shocked too, Private Practice did great last night. Retention was amazing, and quite deserved of a renewal.

  91. thedemonhog says:

    I can’t believe that ‘The Office’ is going to beat ‘Lost’ this week in the demo.

  92. Matt2 says:

    I’m not surprised by the big viewer numbers for Grey’s Anatomy and I expected an uptick for Private Practice. But I never expected PP to be pulling nearly 15 million viewers this early into its Thurday night transition. And the 6.1 thrashing for GA and the 5.8 thrashing delivered by PP in the demo categories has got to eat at even the CBS execs. I imagine those will be the highest demos of the week excluding American Idol. And skew bad news out of it if you must, both GA and PP have such strong acting and writing that those numbers are going to hold up even after the crossover is complete. As someone else alluded to earlier, even if PP drops to a 11.4 viewer rating and a 3.9 demo rating, its better than anything it ever achieved on Wednesday last fall. But I’m sure ABC is not concerned. PP consistently retains 85-90 percent of the Grey’s audience. The fact it retained nearly 100% of the demo audience is astounding. Whatever happens, ABC must be thrilled with this week’s numbers!

  93. cool says:

    I cant believe The Office had a 99 million lead in and only can beat Lost for just one week :D

  94. Jesse says:

    Nice job airing the NAACP Awards, Fox. Lord knows Bones wouldn’t have doubled those ratings. *rolls eyes*

    I’m just bitter at there being only 1 new ep of Bones in the last 3 weeks.

    Happy for 30 Rock. Love seeing it’s numbers being high. And it was a fantastic episode last night. Jon Hamm is great on the show.

  95. clutz says:

    Thursday nights in the non-Nielsen household:
    1) Catch up on one or two DVR’d shows (Wrecreation Nation, Junkyard Wars, Naked Archaeologist, Paranormal State…depends on the mood)
    2) BURN NOTICE!!!!! Thanks to Bill Gorman, Robert Seidman, and of course Bruce Campbell for getting me hooked on that show :)

  96. Ladiesman217 says:

    Smallville was strong with a repeat.

    Does anyone have the breakdown for it?

  97. jay says:

    The GA/PP crossover is the one success story of the networks so far this winter. With PP’a strong cast and the continual fascination that demo has with medical stories, it may well retain a lot of its audience after the crossover hoopla is over. As for GA just beuing asnother ER, that’s probably true, but ER was around forever. Four scripted shows alone on ABC - GA, PP, DH and Lost, are keeping them in a tight 18-49 race. That shows among other things how much smaller the pie is for the nets and how just a few successful shows can make a difference. Look at Fox and Idol, which not only dominates the dermo on its own but creates a lead-in for shows, historically, which are grafted to other nights and keep them somewhat in the game on nights they used to lose big-time to NBC and CBS.

  98. playe says:

    –Nice job airing the NAACP Awards, Fox. Lord knows Bones wouldn’t have doubled those ratings. *rolls eyes*—

    Are you knocking the NAACP just because it awards african americans?

  99. Riff Rafferty says:

    “2. You cancel it without even giving it a CHANCE in a new timeslot, also called the “My So Called Life” approach. My So Called Life, If I’m not mistaken ran up against Mad About You, then one of the top rated sitcoms, and was clearly being pummelled, and was not given a chance anywhere else.”

    Alan, you think that show was not given a chance? How about “McKenna,” which aired after it? It had higher ratings than “My So Called Show” all of the first 3 weeks it was on — this while running up against “Seinfeld,” which I’m fairly sure was more top-rated than “Mad About You.” Of course, those happened to pretty much be all the weeks it was on, since Ted Harbert dumped it after 3 episodes. Only 2 of the remaining 10 segs were ever even burned off. I wasn’t aware that Harbert failed to air any of “So Called’s” episodes.

    “Ugly Betty” was able to maintain an audience in this time slot in the past. If it can’t anymore, too bad, so sad. I’m done trying to suspend disbelief that Daniel is some dashing, debonaire “stud” who is light years out of Betty’s league. For me to buy that, they would have had to have cast someone a wee bit better-looking than Eric Mabius. Any of the nerds on “The Big Bang Theory,” for instance.

    Unlike “Betty,” I’m not ready to write “Kath & Kim” off yet. That show was very well-cast, and Molly Shannon, Selma Blair, John Michael Higgins and Mikey Day have terrific chemistry with each other — and great comic timing, to boot. And the production values have gotten a LOT better since the lousy pilot(s). The writing still isn’t very good, but get rid of Michelle Nader and all the hacks who came from “Jesse” and “What I Like About You” and I don’t see any reason why it too can’t get better. But forget all that, it’s from Reveille and it frequently has better 18-34 numbers than “Earl.” What more do ya need to know?

  100. Claire says:

    ABC over saturated the character Addison on the fans in the worst way possible. It is through the strength of their flagship show Grey’s that ratings were boosted for Practice and yet fans all over the next have expressed anger over feeling “forced” to watch Practice in order to watch the Grey’s characters. And many who have tried to watch Practice prior are so royally put off by the stunt, that you may see the dropping of Practice’s ratings within a couple of weeks after the crossover ends. I think ABC may see this backfire in the long run. You cannot use gimmicks, deceptive promos and the over saturation of a once likeable character an dnot expect fallout. Fans are angry and most are not invested enough in Practice to continue to watch it and push ratings up after this cheap ratings ploy is done. I see ratings going under 7 mill within a month of this. While better than it’s crap Wed ratings, that hardly anything to brag about for Private Practice. The show has shown all the way through it’s run that without Grey’s Anatomy, it has nothing to fall on. When will we ever see what this show would do if it stood on it’s own? Maybe because ABC alrady knows the sad answer to this.

  101. ABCFanaticDancing says:

    Ahhh Private Practice is having agoood ratings the show is not even good

    Ugly Betty should have good ratings its a good show!

  102. nick says:

    The NAACP Image Awards were aired on Thursday the 12th because it was the actual 100th birthday of the NAACP…symbolic.

  103. Jesse says:

    Symbolic or not, I stand behind my stance that it wasn’t a smart move on Fox’s part.

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