'Office,' 'Survivor' premieres also play strong

NBC’s season premiere of “The Office” was the top program among adults 18-49 Thursday, and the opening of the 19th season of “Survivor” on CBS won its timeslot at 8 p.m., but it was Fox that emerged triumphant in the demo for the night.

The series debut of “Community” on the Peacock held more than 90% of its “Office” lead-in, but the fourth episode of “The Jay Leno Show” pulled its weakest numbers to date.

“Survivor” (3.5 rating, 11 share in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) topped the season premiere of Fox’s “Bones” (3.0/9, 10.1 million) at 8 p.m. and also affected the second-week performance of “The Vampire Diaries” (1.6/5, 3.8 million) on the CW. “Diaries,” the most successful series premiere in CW history, lost nearly a quarter of its audience in week two, while remaining a relatively strong performer for the network, particularly among women 18-34.

NBC offered the season premieres of “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” (2.0/7, 5.7 million) and “Parks and Recreation” (2.1/6, 5.0 million) in the 8 p.m. hour, while ABC showed the first of two Thursday repeats of “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.2/4, 4.3 million) before that program’s two-hour season premiere next week.

The Peacock’s fortunes rose at 9 p.m., with “Office” (4.0/11, 8.1 million) and “Community” (3.7/10, 7.7 million) besting the season premiere of “Fringe” (2.9/8, 8.0 million) in the demo. All three shows eased into the new season against reruns of CBS’ “CSI” (2.0/6, 8.8 million) and “Grey’s” (1.7/5, 5.6 million).

The CW’s “Supernatural” (1.2/3, 2.8 million) bled less from its week-earlier season premiere than “Vampire Diaries” did.

“Leno” (2.5/8, 8.3 million) won the 10 p.m. timeslot in the demo, but its margin thinned. For the first time, it trailed a series in overall viewers – a rerun of CBS’ “The Mentalist” (1.9/6, 8.7 million), hinting that Thursdays will be a night that the new comedy talker takes its lumps.

ABC’s “Private Practice” (1.0/3, 3.4 million) was the night’s poorest performer in the demo among broadcast shows, in its final repeat airing before its Oct. 1 season premiere.

“Survivor” did see a decline from its previous season premiere, when it drew 4.5/11, 13.1 million. It was the same story with “The Office,” whose hourlong 2008-09 premiere netted a 4.9/12, 9.3 million audience.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 3.0/9, NBC 2.9/8, CBS 2.5/7, Univision 1.5/4, CW 1.4/4, ABC 1.3/4.

In total viewers: CBS 9.7 million, Fox 9.0 million, NBC 7.3 million, ABC 4.4 million, Univision 3.7 million, CW 3.3 million.

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