TV Ratings: Thursday premieres for 'Southland,' 'Harper's Island' and 'Parks & Recreation'
Fast National ratings April 9, 2009.
Thursday night was a busy night for premieres, with the launches of "Parks & Recreation," "Harper's Island" and "Southland." All three shows found reasons to be happy, but none of the three appears to be an out-of-the-box smash.
CBS and NBC split the night in the 18-49 demographic, each doing a 3.3 rating. FOX was a solid third in the key demo with a 2.9 rating, well ahead of the 1.3 rating for ABC and The CW's 1.3 rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 12.7 million viewers to go with a 7.8 rating/13 share. FOX was second with a 5.1/9, nipping the 5.0/9 for NBC. ABC's 3.4/6 and The CW's 1.3/2 trailed.
CBS swept the night overall, starting at 8 p.m. with the 6.7/12 for "Survivor: Tocantins," a low figure for the tiring reality franchise. FOX's "Bones" was second with a 5.6/10. NBC took third with "The Office" (4.5/8) and the premiere of "Parks & Recreation" (4.2/7). Note that while "The Office" beat "Survivor" in the 18-49 demo, the reality show topped "Parks & Recreation" in its closing half-hour. ABC's "In the Motherhood" and "Samantha Who" averaged a 3.2/6 between them, beating a "Smallville" repeat on The CW.
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" did a 9.9/16 in the 9 p.m. hour for CBS. NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock" and FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" tied for second with a 4.5/7. ABC's repeat of "Grey's Anatomy" was fourth, beating the 13./2 for a "Smallville" repeat on The CW.
The premiere of CBS' "Harper's Island" won the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.7/12, topping the premiere of NBC's "Southland," which had a 6.2/11. Since ABC's "Private Practice" rerun was irrelevant, let's talk a bit more about the "Harper's Island" and "Southland" premieres. NBC can be pleased that the new police drama won the hour in the 18-49 demographic with a 3.2 rating and that it improved in its second half-hour. "Harper's Island" fell at the half-hour and failed to equal the numbers "Eleventh Hour" had been drawing in the same slot, though "CSI" was also on the low side as its lead-in.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.