Ratings: World Series Makes Thursday Comedies Sad, While Vampire Diaries Hits a High

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Fox’s coverage of a ridonkulously intense, extra-innings World Series Game 6 dominated Thursday’s ratings, putting frowns on almost all of the CBS and NBC comedies.

Thurday’s scripted dramas fared less badly, with Vampire Diaries (3.15 million viewers/1.4 demo rating) even hitting a season high in total viewers and Secret Circle (2.33 mil/1.0) enjoying a 10 percent bump.

Numbers for the World Series will be in shortly. In the meantime, here’s how the rest of the night netted out:

8 pm | The Big Bang Theory (14.26 million viewers/4.5 rating) was down 12 percent in the demo — but hey, bested the first half-hour of the WS! — while lead-out Rules of Engagement (10.8 mil/3.4) only dipped 6 percent from its season opener. Over on NBC, Community (3.46 mil/1.4) dropped 18 percent in the demo, while Parks and Rec (3.9 mil/1.8) built on its lead-in yet itself was down 14 percent.

ABC’s presentation of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown placed third in the hour with 7.4 mil and a 2.4 — doubling Charlie’s Angels‘ most recent demo rating and improving on its audience by a third.

9 pm | Grey’s Anatomy (9.8 mil/3.7) led scripted shows in the demo, inching up 3 percent week-to-week, while Person of Interest (11.53 mil/2.6, down a few percentage points) had more total viewers. NBC’s The Office (5.45 mil/2.8) dropped 15 percent in the demo, but Whitney (4.3 mil/2.1) gained 5 percent. Huh.

10 pm | Distantly trailing the later innings of the World Series, The Mentalist placed second in the hour, holding steady with 12.2 mil/2.5. Private Practice, at 6.6 mil and a 2.4, was up 4 percent, but NBC’s Prime Suspect (4.1 mil/1.1) dropped double digits.

What were you watching this Thursday?

Comments (51)

  • Nice news for the Vampire Diaries. Highly under rated show.

    Comment by Van – October 28, 2011 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. This episode was so good. I almost cried at the end! Good cover of “This Woman’s Work” too.

      Comment by Snapy – October 28, 2011 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • i know! was shocked to hear this song!

        btw, why they use cover versions all the time?

        Comment by user – October 28, 2011 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I disagree…it’s crap…nothing but sappy teen vampires running around..

      Comment by Scott – October 28, 2011 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Typical answer from a guy who probably thinks it’s “just another Twilight”. My husband used to roll his eyes at me when I would mention watching it but I finally convinced him to give it a chance, and he loves it. The show has a lot of humor and a TON of action, not to mention some of the best twists and turns from a TV show since Lost went off the air. It’s one of the most exciting and fast paced shows on the air right now. BTW, I absolutely hated Twilight, love True Blood, but TVD is in a league all its own. It’s just too bad that it has this stigma about it that keeps people from giving it a chance.

        Comment by Jenn – October 28, 2011 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Don’t push it, The Vampire Diaries is overdramatic nonesense, cheesy fun? yes. The next Lost/True Blood? Most definetely NO.

          Comment by Annonymous – October 28, 2011 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Lost? No, there will never be another Lost. But TVD does rely on shocking twists and turns, and plenty of cliffhangers, which Lost also did very well. As for True Blood, I’m a huge fan, but that show has way too much going on at times, and some of the B stories make no sense and take too much away from the main stories. I much prefer the B stories on TVD along with the A storiess, over all of the loose ends on True Blood

            Comment by Jenn – October 28, 2011 05:57 PM PDT  
          • True Blood, I like, but it’s pure trash. TVD actually has heart and storylines. Not just T&A and gore.

            Comment by lorna – November 5, 2011 05:43 PM PDT  
        • Yeah, it gets a bad rap as a “teen” show on top of it being on the CW(which has the stigma of being a network geared toward that audience). That said, I’ve enjoyed this season and the last season of TVD far more than the last two seasons of True Blood, which remains one of the most inconsistent, schizophrenic shows on any network; one minute it’s on an exhilarating high, the next it’s pushing secondary plots that NO ONE gives a damn about(that last bit happens ALOT on this show). And mentioning Twilight in the same paragraph, much less sentence, with either of those shows borders on heresy.

          Comment by ChrisGa – October 28, 2011 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • To be honest, the CW doesn’t know what its audience is anymore, sometimes it seems to write for the new generation of housewives who used to watch Dawson’s Creek/Buffy back when they were teenagers themselves and sometimes it seems to be aiming for tweens – not teens – because they insult the audience’s intelligence so much.

            Comment by Annonymous – October 28, 2011 10:52 PM PDT  
          • I’m with you Chris True Blood is a little hard to stay on because of all the TWIST. TVD however has a lot of twist with one central focus like the originals this season. Jenn up there I don’t think it’s at Lost level. Good but NOT that good. Plus I think Fringe is the true predecessor of Lost craziness.

            Comment by Liz – October 28, 2011 11:44 PM PDT  
    • I actually think the show is overrated. It’s too dramatic, there are too many crazy things going on at once and there’s too much death, violence & sex. How many characters have to be killed and then brought back from the dead? It’s a little ridiculous. I’ve given up on the show. I realized I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. It just made me roll my eyes every time I watched it.

      Comment by Carrie – October 28, 2011 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You must be watching a different show.

        Comment by ErixN – October 28, 2011 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Odd thing is, the only reasons they bust the ratings – to a wooping 3.1 million viewers *roll eyes* – is because this episode featured virtually every character they killed off.

        The show doesn’t have a game plan, it definitely doesn’t have a plan and it’s complete nonesense.

        Comment by Guees – October 28, 2011 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Did you know this series is based on widely popular books? I would hardly say they don’t have a game plan.

          Comment by Nicole – October 28, 2011 10:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish the cw would move Nikita back 2 thursdays. Nikita is the BEST SHOW ON THE CW.

    Comment by mm – October 28, 2011 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I really like the CWs block of TVD and Secret Circle though. I think Nikita would be a good match on Tuesdays with Ringer. Hopefully next season they’ll cancel that slop 90210 and move Nikita over to Tuesday.

      Comment by Ava – October 28, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously? Nikita is not even in the Top 3 on the CW right now. This season is a mess but that’s what happens when you have 3 seasons worth of plot twists in the first season.

      Comment by Anthony – October 28, 2011 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed 100%

      Comment by Jake – October 28, 2011 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The World Series of course! Everything else can be watched later and it was the most fun I’ve had watching TV in ages. :)

    Comment by Lu – October 28, 2011 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • watched Community and Person of Interest, which were both good. TIVO’ed Prime Suspect to watch my TIVO’ed NY Rangers game. Prime Suspect has improved as the season has progressed.

    Comment by Tikkanen – October 28, 2011 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, I agree, Prime Suspect has improved. I didn’t like the first couple of episodes, but I’m glad I stuck with it. Last night’s episode was good. I like Detective Velerio.

      Comment by Annie – October 28, 2011 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Curious to see what Beavis and Butthead did over on MTV when the cable networks announce!

    Comment by mandy – October 28, 2011 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 1.8 with around 3.3 million

      Comment by juan – October 28, 2011 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And we know what a game 7 will do to Chuck’s numbers tonight….unfortunately, they will tank even more than usual =(

    Comment by Ella – October 28, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t think it will affect Chuck’s numbers much. Chuck has a niche following that aren’t huge baseball fans.

      Even so, it isn’t like Chuck stands any chance of being renewed, unless they somehow start pulling 10 million viewers on a Friday night.

      Comment by Sg. Grant – October 28, 2011 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And how do you know that Chuck fans aren’t also baseball fans? Seems like quite a leap to me.

        Comment by Cloudy Knight – October 28, 2011 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’ll be watching Chuck tonight at 8, but I’ll definitely be watching game 7 at 9. Unfortunately for Grimm, the one chance it doesn’t have to go up against Fringe, it has to go up against the World series.

        Comment by em – October 28, 2011 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay for The Vampire Diaries. I really enjoyed last nights episode!!!!! I’m kind of hoping that they beat Community in the ratings just to hear what Joel McHale will say in the commentaries on the next Community DVD. He’s always ripping on TVD (in a good natured way). Love both shows!

    Comment by Vivian Volkoff – October 28, 2011 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Vampire Diaries & Secret Circle Of course!!

    Comment by JAO – October 28, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Person of Interest is the best new show.

    Comment by Sg. Grant – October 28, 2011 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Person of Interest absolutely rocked last night. Great episode! Wish it were higher in the demos, but I’m a football fanatic so I understand the draw of a good competition.

    Comment by Renee – October 28, 2011 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • last nights vampire diaries was amazing

    Comment by Sami – October 28, 2011 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am completely addicted to Person of Interest…Love, LOVE that show…

    Comment by Sue – October 28, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ”WHEATER FORECAST in ST.LOUIS DEEP FREESE ” WS was very intense last night i’m not cheearing for anyone i just wanted a GAME 7

    Comment by peter – October 28, 2011 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad Vampire Diaries is doing well. I watched it and DVRed Rules of Engagement. Caught Big Bang Theory and Community On Demand. My DVR seems to hate The Big Bang Theory – this is the second week in a row it randomly decided it couldn’t record it.

    Comment by Little Scarf Girl – October 28, 2011 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought last night’s TVD was so good! So many blogs and fan sites are saying the episode was weak. But I completely disagree. The writing was fun, it was nice to see old characters, and I think if the ghosts WEREN’T around, we’d be complaining that it’s repetitive and boring! Love the show. It deserves the good ratings.

    Comment by Lo – October 28, 2011 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched the NBC comedy block from 8-10 and at 10 I flipped over to Beavis & Butthead. First time I have turned on MTV in ages.

    Comment by LOL – October 28, 2011 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh POI & TVD was absolutely brilliant last night!! So happy for both these shows. From the looks of it Prime Suspect is the next show to be axed. Its demos are lower than CW top-rated shows!

    Comment by GK – October 28, 2011 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • go vd and sc. Carrie, what do you think of true blood then? Its got all that and more than vd but isnt near as good as vd. Tbs practialy porn.

    Comment by brandy – October 28, 2011 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay for Grey’s and PP great episodes yesterday and I loved what alex did, great episodes

    Comment by juan – October 28, 2011 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Vampire Diaries was amazing! The Secret Circle is getting better with the addition of Jake (Chris Zylka). My only question is, who in the hell is watching Whitney?!

    Comment by Beth Ann – October 28, 2011 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I utterly disagree! The vampire diaries isn’t all about vampires, violence, sex and romance! Yes, that is included, but you’re making it seem as if that’s what it’s all about! Bullocks! It has a large amount of mythology (obviously fake) and it keeps you coming back! The writers put in many unexpected twists which adds more pazaz to the shows awesomeness!
    Season 1 may’ve been slightly more of a teen show, but it’s gradually progressed into a much more universal show which all genders and ages can watch! I think you should grow a pair a realize that it is a phenomenal show!

    Comment by Julian Diamond – October 28, 2011 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Vampire Diaries operates on rip offs and retcon: they ripped off Twillight, they ripped off Underwold, they think they are ripping off Buffy (but obviously they got the plot wrong) and now they are ripping off SMALLVILLE!!! They are even using the SAME caves! Next week its a Game of Thrones rip off, they have trying to rip off True Blood but they don’t even got siring right: Vampire Diaries is a friggin waste of time.

      Comment by Snake – October 28, 2011 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Vampire Diaries is based on a series of books that came out in 1991, long before Twilight was ever even thought of.

        Comment by Jenn – October 28, 2011 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Agreed read the first 100 pages of TVD and then Twilight then lets see who is ripping off who. TVD was published 15 yrs earlier and Twilight is a complete rip off. Not to mention put Nina Dobrev in a room next to Kristen Stewart lets see who is a better actor. True Blood is silly great fun but is horribly paced, not completely thought out, and lacks clarity at times. TVD on the other hand is beautifully paced, has a rich clear mythology and some brilliant female leads.

          Comment by miir – October 28, 2011 09:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I love TVD and hate the Twilight movies. But if you are talking about actors, Nina Dobrev is nowhere near to Kristen’s brilliance and talent! Do not just spout out stuff like that when you haven’t even followed Kristen’s movies other than the cheesy Twilight ones. She deserves a lot more respect than what you are giving her!

            Comment by Will – October 28, 2011 10:29 PM PDT  
        • Yet the TV is from 2009 and, so far, it has rip off every show/movie this genre ever made.

          Comment by Snake – October 28, 2011 10:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Err. Smallville was based on the over 50 year old myth Superman and the Game of Thrones books are older than The Vampire Dairies and True Blood. Either way the TVD show is a collection of cliches posing as wishful thinking teen drama, hardly an “original” material.

          Comment by Guess – October 28, 2011 10:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grey’s was great.MD sex next week??

    Comment by Dora – October 28, 2011 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, what *were* the ratings for the World Series? It is 6:30pm Pacific Time so they must be in by now, right?

    Comment by Mindy – October 28, 2011 06:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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