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[06/24/11 - 08:47 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Kicks Off Thursday Lineup on Top
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, june 23, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (6.80 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat with the debut of its Thursday summer lineup of "Wipeout" (7.47 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1), "Expedition Impossible" (7.05 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1) and "Rookie Blue" (5.88 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

FOX (4.78 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then got bumped to second place with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (6.32 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) followed by a repeat of "Glee" (3.23 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.37 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.19 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Rules of Engagement" (5.65 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (7.68 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "The Mentalist" (8.01 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.17 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) remained out the hunt with its mix of "Community" (2.33 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "30 Rock" (2.11 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14), "The Office" (2.43 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Parks & Recreation" (2.21 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and a new "Love Bites" (2.00 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.87 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Nikita" (0.95 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (0.91 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): So You Think You Can Dance (-9.50%), Love Bites (-11.10%).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/24/10):

ABC (6.72 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) snagged the adults 18-49 crown on Thursday thanks to its new lineup of "Wipeout" (7.79 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Rookie Blue" (7.25 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Boston Med" (5.10 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

FOX (5.11 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then had to settle for second place with a repeat of "Glee" (3.86 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (6.35 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2).

Next up was CBS (7.38 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with repeats of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.41 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), another "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.94 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "The Mentalist" (8.79 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.14 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its mix of "Community" (2.28 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13), "100 Questions" (1.83 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14), "The Office" (2.40 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "30 Rock" (2.09 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), another "The Office" (2.25 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Parks & Recreation" (1.99 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.13 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Moonlight" (1.02 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the evening for The CW (1.08 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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