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Thursday 18-49 overnights (previous Thursdays in parentheses): 3.9 (4.2) (3.9) (3.1) (3.8) (4.0) (3.7) (3.7) (4.0) (3.5) (3.4) (3.7) (3.7) (3.6) Survivor 3.5 (3.6) (2.5) (2.1) (3.7) (3.6) (3.6) (3.6) (2.8) (3.5) (3.3) (3.8) (3.6) (1.9) The Mentalist 3.5 (3.9) (2.3) (2.0) (3.5) (4.1) (3.5) (3.4) (2.2) (3.6) (3.5) (4.1) (4.1) (2.0) CSI 3.1 (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) SNL: Gilly Christmas 2.5 (1.9) (1.3) (2.4) (1.3) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) NFL Football 1.7 (1.6) (1.5) (1.5) (1.6) (1.6) (1.6) (1.5) (1.6) (1.8) (1.7) (1.6) (1.7) (2.7) The Jay Leno Show 1.6 (3.1) (2.9) (----) (2.7) (2.9) (2.6) (-----) (----) (2.8) (2.9) (2.7) (2.8) (3.1) Bones 1.4 (1.1) (0.8) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Jersey Shore 1.1 (1.4) (-----) (----) (5.1) (5.6) (5.1) (5.2) (5.3) (5.0) (5.4) (6.1) (6.7) (1.8) Grey’s Anatomy 1.1 (1.0) (1.0) (-----) (1.2) (1.0) (1.5) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Real Housewives of O.C. 1.0 (2.3) (2.5) (-----) (2.0) (2.2) (1.7) (----) (----) (2.2) (2.1) (2.3) (2.3) (3.0) Fringe 0.9 (1.2) (3.2) (-----) (3.1) (3.9) (3.4) (3.6) (3.7) (3.8) (3.6) (4.6) (----) (----) Private Practice 0.8 (1.1) (0.6) (0.5) (1.6) (2.0) (1.9) (2.0) (0.9) (1.8) (1.7) (1.6) (1.7) (1.6) Vampire Diaries 0.7 (0.5) (0.6) (-----) (0.6) (0.8) (0.9) (1.0) (2.2) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) The Jeff Dunham Show 0.7 (0.6) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) American Chopper

Figures in grey represent repeats. * With “The Office” and ABC’s soaps in repeats, the last Thursday “Survivor” of the year ruled the night’s 18-49 demo (though “Mentalist” and “CSI,” as usual, attracted more viewers overall). * The reruns also helped the “SNL” Christmas clip show garner a 2.9 in 18-49 in the 8 p.m. half-hour -- NBC’s best number this season in the old “Friends” slot. “Community” never got above a 2.3 there and – get this! – 2009’s three all-new half-hour “SNL” shows never did better than a 2.0 at 8 p.m. * “SNL” was apparently also more helpful than “30 Rock” to “Leno,” which hit its best number in nine weeks. * “Jersey Shore” made another sizeable leap upward in its third week. If it keeps up like this it could overtake “Leno” next Thursday. Find James Hibberd’s analysis here.
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  • Dec. 18, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I Missed The SNL Thing

    by Crow3711

    They advertised it as a clip show, but hinted there could be some new material...was there? Was it any good? Was any of it worth tracking down the episode for? I forgot to set my DVR for it, kind of unhappy now. At least I could have enjoyed classic christmas skits from holidays past. Oh well.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Natalie is dreamy!

    by MapMan

    Can't wait for sunday. A great season of a *still* great show. I hope it goes another 10 years.<br><br>I wonder what Russell will say to the jury to convince them to give him the money?

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST


    by MapMan

    Provided he makes it to the final two - or three. Did I mention that Natalie is hot? Island life agrees with her.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Jesus, SNL, Stop it with Gilly!

    by Pop_aristocrat

    How to you determine to make a skit character into a franchise? Judging by the live show, if a character can flail around on stage for six minutes and draw NO laughter, then it must be a winner.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    herc don't you dare talk that way about community!

    by mrgreentheplant

    to Crow3711 i saw the SNL special, and there were some new segments, almost all of which involved Gilly. and yes, it was as tiresome as that sounds. it was cool to see mr robinsons neighborhood reruns though and alec npr "shweaty balls" again. and there was an alec baldwin elf sketch that was hilarious from a few years ago i didnt recognize. the only thing worth tracking down if you hadnt seen it already

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    We are sure to see Jersey Shore clones forever

    by Barmat

    If this is as big a hit for MTV as it looks, we will see clones of this show for the next 20 years. God help us all.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Jersey Shore already is a clone.

    by Jayemel

    Of everything else on MTV.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Last nights CSI...

    by Jaka

    ...was the first dip in quality for me this season (other than the fact that there still hasn't been one word of explanation for Sara's return). I've actually really liked this season. But last night everybody seemed off. Bad directing maybe? Not really sure. Thankfully the last five minutes pulled it up to a point where I wasn't pissed off that I wasted an hour of my life on it. But still, I'm starting to wonder if it might not be back next season.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Gilly was a terrible choice for host.

    by Shermdawg

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 5:23 a.m. CST

    I like the Gilly sketches, but outside those...

    by Shermdawg

    ...the character is pretty fucking weak. DO NOT MAKE MOVIE.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Gilly could be good

    by Sonny_Williams

    but Kristen Wiig has been just totally one-note with all her recurring characters, and that one note is flat! The old clips were what I was there for anyway; like another poster I had never seen the Alec Baldwin Glengarry elf bit. Loved it when Baldwin flubbed the reading of ABC!

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Really? The Mentalist is still going strong?

    by V'Shael

    I'm stumped.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Jersey Shore

    by fiester

    It just goes to show you people will watch dumb shit--and the dumber the better. If they put on a show called "Drunk Retards" where they got a bunch of special ed. kids wasted on cheap beer then filmed them running amuck on some beach, I'm sure it would garner huge ratings.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    "hasn't been one word of explanation for Sara's return"

    by jim

    They did make a brief one in the first episode she was back. Grissom got a job lecturing at a University in France for 6 months or year or something. She wasn't too keen on living in France for whatever reason and had heard the team needed help because the blond girl from last few seasons left. So she came back temporarily.<p>Wow, ABC's soaps do not fare well in reruns compared to what they usually get.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I'd rather watch that Snookie girl get punched in the face

    by PresidentLeprechaun

    in a looped animated gif for an hour than watch Jersey Shore. And I'm not a mysoginist, I'd enjoy watching any of the Jersey Shore douche bag dudes get his ass beat down.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I TRIED watching the SNL Christmas

    by Kaiser Soze

    But that Gilly character made me switch real quick. It's sad how shows like SNL and the Simpsons, both of which I loved as a kid, are so bad it's depressing these days. And yeah, at first Kristen Wiig seemed like she'd be decent but everything I've seen her do on that show has been gawdawful. SNL needs it's balls back. They need better writers and a funnier cast, because right now being on SNL is like playing for the Detroit one wants to be part of a team that sucks that bad.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    I know it would never happen, but...

    by Kaiser Soze

    I think SNL would benefit from moving to HBO or Showtime, where there are no censors to worry about. But I know NBC would never let them go.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I watched the SNL clip show for a bit

    by daggor

    while making cookies. I was there for the old clips. The Gilly stuff was horrible (made to amuse 7-year-olds?) Steve Martin was awkward and unfunny in a short intro to his classic Christmas Wish bit - with a LAUGH TRACK! Gah! I had to bail. Sadly, NBC will think we love Gilly - we love the old stuff that was funny.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    gilly fuckin sucks

    by El Borak

    just sayin.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Cock In A Box

    by DoctorWho?

    Was damn funny. Timberlake is a pretty funny guy I must say. He has good comic timing. The Christmas Dinner and Santa's My Boyfriend skits were good too.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I don't get it

    by beetlegeuse

    I know everyone loves kristen wiig, but i don't get what the big deal is. i mean some her stuff is okay but not fantastic by any means, and this Gilly shit is plain unfunny. Oh which reminds me, Fuck you Leno!

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Gilly is honestly a fucking atrocious character...

    by TheWaqman

    I don't know how anybody could find her funny. Hell, I think even fans of the Love Guru would find this character to be shite.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    SNL put on GIlly just to bother you geeks,

    by mistergreen

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Wait, fiester...

    by arizonahotrock

    You *wouldn't* watch a show called "Drunk Retards?" That's probably one of the best ideas for a TV show I've ever heard. Make it happen, MTV!

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    No matter how many times I see it ...

    by Itchy

    I still laugh at that Dana Carvey as George Bailey kicking the hell out of John Lovitz' old man Potter skit. That's good shit.

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Leno sure is kicking ass

    by torontoxic

    I hear he has a truck with a flat bed bigger than Herc's whole 1 room apartment. But he never drives it cause its all the way behind his hundreds of other cars at one of his houses. <P> Oh and Jason Lee gets more money from one residual check off My Name is Earl than Herc has earned in his entire life cumulative.

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST



    Worst. SNL. Character. Ever. And that's saying alot. Sincerely, every character Cheri Oteri ever did.

  • Dec. 24, 2009, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    Remember that shit!?

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  • Feb. 15, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    No Cigarettes today?

    by orcus