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One week after facing a new Private Practice, Southland was put to another test. A repeat of Criminal Minds not only did better than the now-moved Harper’s Island, it attracted the most viewers in the 10:00 hour.

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After what seemed like months of repeats, ABC returned last night with (mostly) new episodes. The network took the 10:00 hour away from Southland and won the night’s demos. CBS, though, was first place with the viewers.

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Although it’s still hard to say how Southland will do against an ABC original, the series held up remarkably well in its second week. Unfortunately, the same can’t entirely be said for Harper’s or Parks. The CBS mystery lost nearly 2 million in its second week while the comedy suffered a case of the post-Earl blues.

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Depending on how you spin the numbers, the evening either belonged to NBC, CBS or both. The premiere of Southland won the 10:00 battle against Harper’s Island in the demos, but lost in the viewers. NBC tied CBS in the demos, but the Eye network won overall with the viewers. (Maybe we’ll just have to recalculate when ABC isn’t in repeats.)

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Last night, viewers came out of the woodwork to say goodbye to NBC’s long-running drama. ER‘s series ender attracted the largest audience for a drama finale since Murder She Wrote in 1996. (It also pulled in the best demos since the conclusion of The X-Files in 2002.)

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  • (11.2 million, 3.6/11 in 18-49) saw its smallest audience of the season.
  • The retrospective (3.5/10) got 10.6 million warmed up.
  • (2.6/8) turned in 9 million.
  • (5 million, 1.6/5) lost 1.7 million; (4.8 million, 1./4) gave up 1.7 million.
  • (3.8 million, 1.6/5) was up slightly.

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The bleeding just won’t stop for Lost. Placed against another two-hour edition of Idol (Thanks, Obama!), the ABC series hit another round of series-low numbers.

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George Clooney might be able to schedule meetings with high-ranking politicians, but he can’t save a whole network. Even though ER saw its best audience in two years, NBC only tied for third in the demos and placed fourth with the viewers last night. (The winner in both categories was CBS.)

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Taylor Swift isn’t just a big concert draw, the country music sensation is a ratings hit as well. Swift’s stint on CSI helped give the CBS program a nice boost on Thursday night. Unfortunately, that other musical hit (a.k.a. American Idol) was also around to do its thing.

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Despite hitting season-low audience numbers, a delayed episode of American Idol was still a nuisance for Thursday’s nights staples.

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  • (7.1/19 in 18-49) raised 20.7 million viewers.
  • (12.3 million, 4.0/11) took a 1.4 million hit.
  • (6.8 million, 1.9/5) lost 900,000.
  • NBC’s Kung Fu Panda special (1.4/4) entertained 4 million; (3.4 million, 1.5/4) plummeted by 1.7 million.
  • * (2.1 million, 0.7/2) was down a few notches.

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Here’s an update on the shows you’ll be seeing more of in the months to come:

RENEWALS
  • 90210 (CW) - Season 2
  • The Academy (FOX Reality) - Season 3
  • America’s Next Top Model (CW) - Seasons 13 & 14
  • Crash (Starz) - Season 2
  • Gossip Girl (CW) - Season 3
  • One Tree Hill (CW) - Season 7
  • The Simpsons (FOX) - Seasons 21 & 22 **It will now be TV’s longest-running primetime series**
  • Smallville (CW) - Season 9
  • Survivor (CBS) - Seasons 19 & 20

(To get a look at TV Envy’s Midseason Programming Schedule, click here.)

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