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Thursday Ratings: 30 Rock Gets Post-Palin Bump

Politics has been kind to ratings-starved shows lately. On Wednesday, Pushing Daisies received a nice bump thanks to Obama’s primetime ad. Now 30 Rock has Tina Fey’s recent popularity to thank. Last night, the NBC comedy saw its highest numbers ever. But a minor ratings boost wasn’t enough to help NBC. By night’s end, CBS was still on top in both the viewers and the demos.

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Thursday Ratings: CSI Outscores Baseball

Apparently a World Series just isn’t a World Series if the two teams aren’t names people care about. Although the numbers weren’t horrible, the ratings for Game 2 fell behind several Thursday programs. By night’s end, CBS was on top again in both categories.

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  • (13.4 million, 4.4/12 in 18-49) picked up 500,000.
  • Approximately 12.8 million watched Game 2 of the (8.1/13).
  • Lindsay Lohan helped (8.7 million, 2.8/8) round up 500,000 more.
  • (6.3 million, 2.4/7) was down 200,000; (5 million, 2.2/6) fell by 1 million.
  • (4.2 million, 1.7/5) was up slightly.

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Thursday Ratings: Life on Mars Goes from Best to Third

Despite having the best debut for any new drama last week, ABC saw no Life on Mars yesterday. The freshman series dropped 27% in the demos and placed third in its hour. Meanwhile, Eleventh Hour actually showed improvement and helped CBS maintain its dominance over Thursdays.

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Thursday Ratings: ABC Sees Life on Mars

Despite lower numbers for Grey’s and Ugly Betty, Life on Mars’ premiere saw nice numbers yesterday. Meanwhile, CBS - with the help of CSI - scored wins with both the viewers and demos last night.

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  • (13.3 million, 4.3/12 in 18-49) had a 500,000 bump.
  • (8.5 million, 2.6/7) was down slightly.
  • (7.1 million, 2.7/8) was up a notch; ‘s debut (3.2/9) pulled in 7.5 million.
  • Approximately 6.5 million watched the Phillies beat the Dodgers during Game 1 of the NLCS (2.1/5) on .
  • (4.1 million, 1.6/4) did about the same.

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This Week on TV (10/6-10/12)

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MONDAY (10/6)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  “Alan tries dating two women at the same time.” I remember when Ducky was pining over just Molly Ringwald. He’s all growns up now.
  • Prison Break (FOX, 9pm):  “Sara learns something disturbing about Michael.” She realizes that if it weren’t for his steely gaze and tattoos, Michael would just be your average white guy.
  • I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1, 9pm):  Series finale. “The final contestants train with Marcus Buckingham and are interviewed by Diddy.” If they mistakenly admit their loyalty for McCain, Diddy will retreat back under the covers.
  • Exiled (MTV, 10:30pm):  “A hip hop star’s daughter is sent to the island nation Vanuatu to live in a bug-filled jungle in the shadow of an active volcano.” Had she wasted her youth watching Survivor: Vanuatu, she would have been prepared.

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