ABC tops quiet Thursday

'Rookie Blue' scores solid second-week performance

As audiences began to flee television for holiday activities Thursday, ABC captured the rather quiet evening in key demo categories behind “Wipeout” and a solid second-week performance by cop drama “Rookie Blue.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Wipeout” dominated Thursday’s opening hour (2.7/10 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), standing as the night’s top program in both demos and total viewers and edging up week to week. It was followed by new drama “Rookie Blue” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), which held onto nearly all of its premiere-week audience to place second in key demos in the 9 o’clock hour. And at 10, newsmag “Boston Med” improved slightly in its second week (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and was competiitve in its timeslot.

Fox did decently with a repeat of “Glee” opening the night (1.3/5 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), followed by the “So You Think You Can Dance” results show (2.0/7 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which led the 9 o’clock hour among young adults.

CBS, third among young adults and a narrow leader over ABC for the night’s lead in total viewers, was paced by a repeat of “The Mentalist” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall), which led among the broadcast networks at 10 o’clock. Earlier, a special 8 p.m. encore of “The Mentalist” did a 1.0/4 in 18-49 and 6.3 million viewers overall, and a repeat of “CSI” delivered similar numbers (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall).

“Big Brother” premieres next Thursday for the Eye network.

NBC had a quiet night, settling for 3 and 4 shares in demos and just 2.3 million viewers overall for its six half-hours of repeat comedies. Following “Community” at 8 (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall), the finale of “100 Questions” settled for a 0.7/3 in the demo and 1.9 million viewers overall. The net’s best numbers came courtesy “The Office,” first in its regular timeslot at 9 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) and then with a special episode at 10 (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall). Also, “30 Rock” did a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers overall at 9:30, and “Parks & Recreation” clocked in at 10:30 with a 0.8/3 in 18-49 and 1.9 million viewers overall.

CW aired repeats of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and former CBS vampire series “Moonlight” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.0/7; Fox, 1.7/6; Univision, 1.6/6; CBS, 1.3/4; NBC, 1.0/3; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 7.1 million; ABC, 7.0 million; Fox, 4.9 million; CW, 3.8 million; NBC, 2.3 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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