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Thursday Ratings: ABC, CBS Split Sweeps Start

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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Thursday Ratings: Parks Weakens Without Office

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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Thursday Ratings: CBS and NBC Tie Post-Premieres

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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Thursday Ratings: Many Goodbyes for ER

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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Thursday Ratings: Samantha No Better Than Betty

If ABC was hoping to make some improvements to its Thursday night ratings, the network might have to try again. In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? tied Ugly Betty‘s previous demos while averaging a smaller audience. Meanwhile, a rare Thursday appearance of American Idol gave FOX a win in both categories.

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Thursday Ratings: Wins for Both CBS, ABC

College sports coverage proved to be both a winner and loser for CBS last night. Although the NCAA tournament didn’t earn the network another double win last night, the court action did score a tie in the demos with ABC. (The Alphabet was the sole winner with the viewers.)

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  • (10.2 million, 3.0/9 in 18-49) raised 600,000.
  • CBS’ basketball coverage (3.5/10) scored 9.4 million.
  • (7.6 million, 2.1/6) picked up 400,000.
  • (6.4 million, 2.4/8) improved by 2 million; a repeat of (4.6 million, 2.0/6) did better than the Kath finale.
  • (3.3 million. 1.4/4) lost 400,000.

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Thursday Ratings: ER Still Fourth Despite Clooney

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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Thursday Ratings: Taylor Swift Not Enough for CBS

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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Thursday Ratings: Idol Disrupts the Evening

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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This Week on TV (2/23-3/1)

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  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  “Jeff and Lester pester Ellie to hire their music group - called Jeffster! - as her wedding band.” That’s one way to ensure the Macarena won’t be played.
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9pm):  “Jon and Kate decide to expand their family with the addition of two puppies.” Let’s not give any ideas.
  • 24 (FOX, 9pm):  “Jack and Renee walker pursue Dubaku through the streets of Washington, D.C., with a little cyber help from Chloe.” If Bauer switched to Verizon, he could have a whole network working for him.
  • True Beauty (ABC, 10pm):  Season finale. “A winner is named after an intimate interview with editor Jess Cagle tests contestants’ inner beauty and a seminude photo shoot tests their outer beauty.” The finalists will be graded on a curve and their curves.

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