Ratings: Biebs Boosts CSI, The CW Livens Up

Never say never when it comes to CSI rebounding from an all-time low rating. The aging CBS procedural this Thursday night got a tiny boost from Justin Bieber‘s encore, gaining 5 percent in total audience (13.26 million viewers) and 4 percent in the demo (with an admittedly fourth place-worthy 2.8).

Speaking of the young’uns, both of The CW’s offerings enjoyed increases from last week’s tepid tallies. The Vampire Diaries was up 7 percent in both total viewers (3 million) and the 18-49 demo (1.4), while Nikita (2.14 mil/0.8) notched bumps of 10 and 13 percent, respectively.

Elsewhere on Thursday:

8/7c | American Idol dominated with 21.9 million viewers and a 7.6 demo rating, up a bit week-to-week. Big Bang Theory followed with 12.5 million viewers and a 3.7 rating, which tied Grey’s Anatomy for the lead among scripted shows. $#*! My Dad Says wrapped its freshman run with 9.78 mil/2.6, down a few percentage points from last week. Community gained 8 percent in audience (4.16 mil viewers), if I may explanabrag for a moment.

9/8c | Trailing CSI in total viewers (with 10.2 mil), Grey’s as typical topped the demos, with a 3.7. Bones (now Hannah-free!) drew just shy of 10 million viewers and, opposite the Biebs, enjoyed a 3 percent gain in the 18-49 crowd. The Office‘s (underwhelming, IMO) premiere of Michael Scott’s movie drew 6.4 mil/3.3 (down 7 percent), while Parks and Recreation (4.4 mil/2.3) slipped about 11 percent.

10/9c | With nearly 15 million viewers and a 3.0 rating, The Mentalist matched its week-ago numbers. Private Practice (6.9 mil/2.4) dipped a few points, while both 30 Rock (4 mil/2.0) and Outsourced (3.2 mil/1.5) dropped 12 percent.

Not-So-Fun Fact: All told, with an average 2.0 rating, NBC matched its all-time low for a Thursday line-up of all-original programming.

What was playing on your TV this Thursday?

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18 Comments
  1. Josje says:

    Yeah Nikita. Even higher ratings than Gossip Girl. Hopefully they can keep it up because I really need another season of that show. Same goes for Vampire Diaries although that show has never been in danger.

  2. John Berggren says:

    Damn. I meant to tune in to watch JB get shot in the head. Hopefully it’s on youtube.

  3. John Berggren says:

    That lame cliff hanger was $#!+’s season finale? Weak sauce. February season finales can’t bode well for renewals of freshman series…

  4. Kristen says:

    The NBC “Thursday night done right” comedy block is always one of the highlights of my week, and it makes me quite sad that it doesn’t get the viewership that it should.

    • John says:

      Agreed. I find it kind of funny that NBC is the network struggling to climb out of last place, yet it’s also by far the network I watch the most and I think has some of the best shows. Telling?

  5. ella says:

    private practice deserves better ratings, I will never understand why abc barely promotes this show. if they had promoted it more from the beginning more people would have tuned in, it’s a good show who has potential and with the lack of promo we can say that the ratings aren’t that bad compared to other shows which are more promoted.

  6. AlistairCrane says:

    The Vampire Diaries is the only show I watch on Thursday nights.

  7. dlferriola says:

    Greys &PP had really excellent episodes. Following Mer run the ER for 1hr was really fast paced with interesting medical cases and comical situations between Mer, Der, Bailey and Eli. PP was very sad with Addisons moms suicide and the aftermath.

  8. E says:

    Vampire Diaries!!! I have NEVER been more addicted to a show & I NEVER would have thought that I’d watch a show about vampires. NEVER. but for whatever reason, this show has dragged me in and I am in love. I wish it would receive more recognition as the cast and the writing are FANTASTIC!!!

  9. Nancy says:

    Bones!!!! Espically now that Hannah is gone. I’ve been obsessed with Bones since the first season

  10. Jonah says:

    Thursday is too competitive of a night for NIKITA to even “attempt” to make inroads. Without broad appeal, I just don’t see how the show returns for another season…not with all of the exciting pilots The CW has ordered. A nice try, but a remake that didn’t need remade.

  11. Kayla says:

    Nikita is an amazing show with great plotlines and much needed kick ass female leads! However on Thursday it is in competition with both Greys and Bones (both of which I also watch– thank god for PVR and time shifting lol). It would do better on another night possibly… but it definitely should be renewed!!

  12. yaboy23 says:

    Community was unbelievably funny this week!! People need to watch that show!

  13. alison faith says:

    i love bones!!! so happy hannah is gone!!!

  14. emma says:

    Nikita, all the way. It’s an amazing show and personally, since I follow all these Thursday shows (thank god for dvr!) I think it’s capable of holding its own. Dear tv gods, please renew it.

  15. Rio says:

    Vamp Diaries is awesome! Great Writing Great Acting. It’s my must see on Thursday nights!