‘Survivor’ tops opening night of sweeps

CBS edges out ABC's 'Grey's,' NBC's 'Office'

CBS won the opening night of the May sweeps as its top-rated show, “Survivor,” narrowly edged ABC’s best in “Grey’s Anatomy” and the Peacock’s No. 1 performer, “The Office.”

With originals airing all across the dial, each of the three Eye skeins were up from a week ago. Reality show behemoth “Survivor” (4.0 rating/13 share in the 18-49 demo, 12.5 million viewers) scored its best demo numbers since Feb. 11 and was tops for the network, followed by steady procedurals “CSI” (3.0/8, 13.5m) and “The Mentalist” (3.2/9, 14.6m).

ABC took the second spot as “Grey’s” (3.8/11, 10.3), which took the 9 o’clock hour in the demo, and “Private Practice” (3.0/9, 7.8m) provided a potent two-hour pair but “FlashForward” (1.5/5, 5.1) again failed to attract a sizeable aud. Although the Alphabet was hoping to earn some extra viewers because the show had stated early in the season that April 29 was the date in the future that all the characters would be able to envision, the gimmick failed to connect and now a second season of “FlashForward” is looking more tenuous than ever.

NBC edged Fox for third place as “The Office” (3.6/11, 7m) was, by far, the Peacock’s most productive laffer. Emmy champ “30 Rock” (2.9/8, 5.6m) was up 16% from a week ago, while 8 p.m. sitcom “Community” (2.0/7, 4.5m) was up a hefty 25% from last Thursday. “Parks and Recreation” (2.0/6, 4.2m) was flat. “The Marriage Ref” (2.0/6, 4.3m) proved little competition for the dramas in the 10 o’clock timeslot.

Fox offered its usual Thursday double bill of “Bones” (2.5/8, 9.1m) and “Fringe” (2.0/6, 5.5m), neither of which showed any growth from a week ago.

CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” (1.6/5, 3.3m) was consistent from a week ago, defeating ABC and NBC in women 18-34 at 8 o’clock, and also bested “FlashForward” in the 18-49 demo as well. “Supernatural” earned a 1.1/3, 2.3m.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.4/10; ABC, 2.8/8; NBC, 2.4/7; Fox, 2.3/7; CW, 1.3/4

In total viewers: CBS, 13.5 million; ABC, 7.7 million; Fox, 7.3 million; NBC, 5.0 million; CW, 2.8 million.

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