Facing the Yankees-Tigers Game 5 — aka the highest-rated MLB Division Series match-up in cable history, with almost 10 million viewers — only one primetime series (The Mentalist) enjoyed an increase in ratings, while ABC’s lineup incurred the biggest damage.
Leading off the Alphabet network’s slate, Charlie’s Angels drew fewer than 6 million total viewers while scoring a 1.2 demo rating, representing plunges of 17 and 20 percent. (In fact, The Vampire Diaries tied the Angels in the demo.)
At 9 o’clock, Grey’s Anatomy (with 8.5 million viewers and an all-time low 3.0 rating) was down 17 percent, placing third in the hour behind The X Factor and CBS newbie Person of Interest. A strong episode of Private Practice(6.2 mil/2.1) sealed ABC’s sad fate, dropping 20 and 25 percent,
Elsewhere on Wednesday:
8 pm | The Big Bang Theory (13.6 million total viewers/4.4 rating) dipped a little but topped the night in both measures; How to Be a Gentleman led out of that with 7.8 mil/2.5, down only a bit from its debut. The X Factor averaged 11.2 mil and a 3.8, down just a few percentage points week-to-week.
Trailing ABC’s Angels, NBC’s sitcombo of Community (3.4 mil/1.5) and Parks and Rec (4.13 mil/1.9) slipped 17 and 10 percent in the demo, while The Vampire Diaries (2.55 mil/1.2) was off 8 percent.
9 pm | Behind X Factor, Person of Interest placed a solid second, with 11.5 million viewers and a 2.5 rating (down 7 percent). The Office (5.71 mil/3.1) dropped 11 percent in the demo to hit a six-and-a-half year low, while the recently picked-up Whitney (4.88 mil/2.3) was down 8 percent in its third week. The CW’s Secret Circle (1.96 mil/0.8) dropped 20 percent in the demo; but hey, it’s no H8R.
10 pm | The aforementioned Mentalist dominated the hour with 12.9 million total viewers and a 2.7 rating, inching up 4 percent in the demo. Placing a distant third behind Private Practice, NBC’s Prime Suspect (5 mil/1.5) held steady with the 18-49 crowd but dropped 13 percent in total audience.
What were you tuned into this Thursday?