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

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?

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51 Comments
  1. Van says:

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

    • Snapy says:

      Agreed. This episode was so good. I almost cried at the end! Good cover of “This Woman’s Work” too.

    • Scott says:

      I disagree…it’s crap…nothing but sappy teen vampires running around..

      • Jenn says:

        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.

        • Annonymous says:

          Don’t push it, The Vampire Diaries is overdramatic nonesense, cheesy fun? yes. The next Lost/True Blood? Most definetely NO.

          • Jenn says:

            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

          • lorna says:

            True Blood, I like, but it’s pure trash. TVD actually has heart and storylines. Not just T&A and gore.

        • ChrisGa says:

          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.

          • Annonymous says:

            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.

          • Liz says:

            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.

    • Carrie says:

      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.

      • ErixN says:

        You must be watching a different show.

      • Guees says:

        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.

  2. mm says:

    I wish the cw would move Nikita back 2 thursdays. Nikita is the BEST SHOW ON THE CW.

    • Ava says:

      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.

    • Anthony says:

      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.

    • Jake says:

      Agreed 100%

  3. Lu says:

    The World Series of course! Everything else can be watched later and it was the most fun I’ve had watching TV in ages. :)

  4. Tikkanen says:

    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.

    • Annie says:

      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.

  5. mandy says:

    Curious to see what Beavis and Butthead did over on MTV when the cable networks announce!

  6. Ella says:

    And we know what a game 7 will do to Chuck’s numbers tonight….unfortunately, they will tank even more than usual =(

    • Sg. Grant says:

      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.

      • Cloudy Knight says:

        And how do you know that Chuck fans aren’t also baseball fans? Seems like quite a leap to me.

      • em says:

        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.

  7. Vivian Volkoff says:

    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!

  8. JAO says:

    Vampire Diaries & Secret Circle Of course!!

  9. Sg. Grant says:

    Person of Interest is the best new show.

  10. Renee says:

    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.

  11. Sami says:

    last nights vampire diaries was amazing

  12. Sue says:

    I am completely addicted to Person of Interest…Love, LOVE that show…

  13. peter says:

    ”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

  14. 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.

  15. Lo says:

    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.

  16. LOL says:

    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.

  17. GK says:

    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!

  18. brandy says:

    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.

  19. juan says:

    Yay for Grey’s and PP great episodes yesterday and I loved what alex did, great episodes

  20. Beth Ann says:

    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?!

  21. Julian Diamond says:

    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!

    • Snake says:

      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.

      • Jenn says:

        The Vampire Diaries is based on a series of books that came out in 1991, long before Twilight was ever even thought of.

        • miir says:

          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.

          • Will says:

            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!

        • Snake says:

          Yet the TV is from 2009 and, so far, it has rip off every show/movie this genre ever made.

        • Guess says:

          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.

  22. Dora says:

    Grey’s was great.MD sex next week??

  23. Mindy says:

    So, what *were* the ratings for the World Series? It is 6:30pm Pacific Time so they must be in by now, right?

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