Fast National ratings for Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.
It was a rather positive Thursday on the network television landscape, with several shows seeing sweeps-driven bumps over recent performances. Among the biggest risers were ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," with Katherine Heigl's return, CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," with the conclusion of a three-night crossover event, and FOX's dramas.
Among adults 18-49, ABC won the night with nearly a 4.0 rating. CBS Was a solid second in the key demographic with a 3.8 rating. FOX was third on the night with a 2.5 rating. NBC's 2.4 rating was fourth. The CW trailed with nearly a 1.7 rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 15.2 million viewers to go with a 9.5 rating/15 share. ABC was a distant second with a 7.2/11 and an estimated 10.97 million viewers. FOX finished third with a 4.8/8 and 7.86 million viewers, leaving NBC in fourth with a 3.3/5 and an estimated 5.44 million viewers. The CW's 2.2/3 and 3.54 million viewers were fifth.
CBS' "Survivor: Samoa" continued to grow its lead in the 8 p.m. hour, averaging a 7.7/12 and a 4.0 rating in the key demo. FOX's "Bones" moved up to third with a 6.0/9 for "Bones," well up from last week. ABC's "FlashForward" continued to slip overall, falling to a 5.3/8 and 8.33 million viewers, though its demo rating was steady. NBC's "Community" and "Parks & Recreation" were down slightly from last week. The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was up again with a 2.6/4 and an estimated 4.31 million viewers.
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" won the 9 p.m. hour overall with a 10.6/16, averaging 16.89 million viewers, well up from last week. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was second with a 9.4/15 and won the hour with a 5.4 rating. NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock" had a 3.9/6 overall for third. FOX's "Fringe" was back to its season averages after last week's post-Word Series drop, doing a 3.7/6 and a 2.2 rating in the key demographic. The CW's "Supernatural" also showed small week-to-week gains.
"The Mentalist" had a 10.1/17 in the 10 p.m. hour, winning overall for CBS. ABC's "Private Practice" was second with a 6.7/11 and won the hour in the key demo with a 3.9 rating. NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" was third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.