Early returns are positive for CBS' attempt to create a new Thursday comedy block, as "The Big Bang Theory
" hopped to a new night and combined with "$#*! My Dad Says" to win its slot and launch nightly wins for CBS. [Though "Community
" fans will be relieved to know that "BBT" didn't actually make life worse for their favorite.]
Also on the new series premiere front, "My Generation
" was an instant failure, blunting a strong performance by "Grey's Anatomy
" and preventing ABC from winning the night in the key demographic. Meanwhile, NBC's launch for "Outsourced
" delivered OK returns thanks to its "Office" lead-in.
For the night, CBS averaged a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49, topping the 3.4 rating for ABC in the key demographic. NBC's 2.6 rating and the 2.4 rating for FOX followed. The CW had a 1.3 rating, holding onto its demo audience from last week, even against competition.
Overall, CBS had a little more breathing room, averaging an estimated 14.37 million viewers to go with an 8.8 rating/15 share. ABC was second with a 6.2/10 and 9.43 million viewers. FOX's 4.7/8 and 7.812 million viewers finished third, beating the 3.5/6 and 5.73 million viewers for NBC. The CW was up from last week with 3.394 million viewers and a 2.1 demo rating.
CBS started the night in first with "The Big Bang Theory" (13.95 million viewers and a 4.8 demo rating) and "$#*! My Dad Says" (12.48 million viewers and a 3.9 demo rating). FOX's always steady "Bones" averaged 9.794 million viewers and a 2.7 demo rating, both good for second, in its season premiere. NBC's "Community" (5.01 million and a 2.2 demo rating) and "30 Rock" (5.85 million and a 2.6 demo) weren't huge, but they also didn't falter against the CBS comedies. On ABC, "My Generation" premiered to 5.222 million viewers and a 1.6 demo rating, numbers that almost could have ABC looking back at "The Deep End" and "FlashForward" with fondness. The CW's "The Vampire Diaries
" was solidly up from last week with 3.57 million viewers and a 1.6 demo.
: Crime Scene Investigation" won the 9 p.m. hour overall with 14.57 million viewers, but finished third with a 3.4 demo rating. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was dominant in the key demo with a 5.3 rating and second in viewers with 14.04 million viewers. NBC's "The Office
" (8.4 million viewers, 4.3 demo) and "Outsourced" (7.44 million, 3.5 demo) finished third overall and second in the demo. FOX premiered a new season of "Fringe" and drew 5.83 million viewers and a 2.1 demo rating. The CW's "Nikita
" failed to outdraw its lead-in, but still averaged 3.22 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating.
" kept CBS in first overall with 15.325 million viewers and a 3.3 demo rating in the 10 p.m. hour. ABC's "Private Practice" was down to 9.02 million viewers, but still tied for first in the demo. Meanwhile, ABC's non-celebrity "Apprentice" continues to bomb with a Leno-esque 3.85 million viewers and a 1.4 demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.