Network tops Thursday primetime in 18-49 demo

CBS ended ABC’s Thursday primetime winning streak in the 18-49 demo, posting a narrow victory on a sluggish night for the Alphabet net.

Though it was the top-rated program for the evening in 18-49, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (5.0 rating/13 share, 14 million viewers overall) hit an all-time low in audience for a first-run episode, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. Because of the effect of an NFL broadcast on the CW, the numbers were subject to revision.

At 8 p.m., CBS’ “Survivor” (3.8/11, 12.3 million) was the easy winner, ahead of Fox’s “Bones” (2.7/8, 9.8 million) and ABC’s “FlashForward” (2.4/7, 8.0 million). NBC sitcoms “Community” (2.0/6, 5.1 million) and “Parks and Recreation” (2.0/6, 4.6 million) lagged but were No. 1 among men 18-34. “The Vampire Diaries” (1.6/5, 3.7 million), like almost every other drama Thursday, was down a bit from the previous week.

At 9 p.m., “Grey’s” pulled an 18-49 rating that was 43% higher than CBS’ “CSI” (3.5/9, 15.0 million) and more than doubled Fox’s “Fringe” (2.0/5, 5.9 million) and the CW’s “Supernatural” (1.3/3, 2.7 million). On the comedy side, “The Office” (3.7/9, 7.4 million) and “30 Rock” (2.9/7, 5.6 million) continued NBC’s success in men 18-34.

CBS’ “The Mentalist” (3.7/11, 15.8 million) was the winner in 18-49 and overall viewers, topping ABC’s “Private Practice” (3.1/9, 9.0 million) and NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show” (1.6/5, 4.8 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 3.7/10, ABC 3.5/10, Fox 2.3/6, NBC 2.3/6, CW 1.5/4, Univision 1.4/4.

In total viewers: CBS 14.4 million, ABC 10.3 million, Fox 7.9 million, NBC 5.4 million, Univision 3.7 million, CW 3.2 million.

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