Fox tops Thursday with ‘Bones,’ ‘Fringe’

CW's 'Vampire' also strong; Jeff Probst's 'Moment' falls flat

Jeff Probst’s special and possible backdoor pilot “Live for the Moment” looked like anything but a survivor Thursday, generating the lowest numbers in the 18-49 demo of any primetime show on an unusual night in the ratings.

Fox, which broadcast firstrun episodes of “Bones” and “Fringe” against what was mostly a mix of reruns and unproven shows on ABC, NBC and CBS, had its best Thursday in a season that has seen the network make significant inroads on the night. Fox’s Thursday average is up 25% in 18-49 and 65% in total viewers compared with the same weeks last season.

The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” (1.8 rating/5 share in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) also performed well, finishing second at 8 p.m. in 18-49 and first among females 12-34 and teens.

Airing at 8 p.m.,”Bones” (3.6/11, 12.4 million) was the demo’s winner Thursday, posting its highest ratings since 2007, while “Fringe” (3.0/8, 8.9 million) tied its best 18-49 numbers of the season.

Thanks to 10 p.m. timeslot winner “The Mentalist” (2.3/6, 11.0 million), CBS finished second to Fox on the night. “CSI” (2.0/5, 9.1 million) was second at 9 p.m., but 8 p.m. entry “Moment” (1.1/3, 4.7 million), in what is normally the dominant slot of “Survivor,” struggled in virtually every demo. Its best showing was a third-place finish among viewers 50 and older.

ABC’s “The Deep End” (1.7/5, 6.0 million) tapered further from its sluggish premiere a week ago, perhaps not helped by the fact that “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.5/4, 5.3 million) and “Private Practice” (1.2/3, 4.3 million) were repeats. “Deep End” did see improvement among men.

NBC broadcast all reruns in its Thursday comedy block: “Community” (1.6/5, 4.2 million), “Parks and Recreation” (1.6/4, 3.7 million), “The Office” (2.1/6, 4.6 million) and “30 Rock” (1.7/5, 3.9 million). “The Jay Leno Show” (1.2/3, 4.3 million) had a sliver of an overall viewer advantage over “Private Practice.”

The CW’s “Supernatural” (1.2/3, 2.6 million) lost a chunk of its “Vampire” leadin at 9 p.m., finishing fifth in that slot.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 3.3/9, CBS 1.8/5, Univision 1.8/5, ABC 1.5/4, NBC 1.5/4, CW 1.5/4,

In total viewers: Fox 10.6 million, CBS 8.3 million, ABC 5.2 million, Univision 4.3 million, NBC 4.1 million, CW 3.1 million.

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