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Thursdays, July 29 – Oct. 21, 2010 Adults 18-49 finals (repeats in gray; previous finals in parentheses): 4.1 (4.3) (4.1) (4.4) (4.9) (2.4) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Big Bang Theory 4.0 (4.6) (4.6) (4.6) (5.4) (1.8) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Grey’s Anatomy 3.5 (----) (1.7) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) MLB Baseball 3.4 (3.1) (2.7) (3.1) (3.4) (----) (1.3) (----) (1.4) (1.2) (1.6) (1.2) (1.2) CSI 3.4 (3.8) (3.5) (3.7) (4.4) (1.2) (----) (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (1.4) (1.2) (1.3) The Office 3.1 (3.2) (2.9) (3.3) (4.0) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Shit My Dad Says 3.1 (2.8) (2.7) (3.4) (3.1) (2.0) (3.3) (3.3) (3.0) (2.8) (2.7) (2.5) (2.6) Jersey Shore 2.9 (3.3) (3.0) (3.0) (3.4) (1.7) (1.2) (----) (1.5) (1.3) (1.7) (1.3) (1.4) Mentalist 2.7 (3.0) (2.9) (2.8) (3.2) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Private Practice 2.3 (2.6) (2.5) (2.8) (3.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Outsourced 2.2 (3.1) (2.1) (2.6) (2.6) (----) (----) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) 30 Rock 1.9 (2.2) (1.8) (1.9) (2.2) (----) (----) (0.9) (0.9) (0.8) (1.1) (1.1) (1.0) Community 1.7 (0.9) (1.6) (1.5) (1.6) (1.4) (1.6) (----) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.4) (0.5) Vampire Diaries 1.4 (1.3) (1.1) (1.2) (1.2) (1.4) (1.5) (1.7) (1.3) (1.4) (1.2) (1.0) (1.1) Project Runway 1.3 (1.3) (1.3) (1.3) (1.4) (1.5) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) The Apprentice 1.2 (1.1) (1.2) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Grey’s Anatomy (8pm) 1.1 (0.8) (0.9) (1.3) (1.2) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) College Football 1.0 (0.6) (1.1) (1.1) (1.1) (1.2) (1.4) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Nikita 0.8 (0.7) (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (----) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (0.8) (----) Real Housewives DC 0.7 (0.8) (0.7) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (0.4) (0.6) (----) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) The First 48 0.7 (0.8) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Real Housewives BH 0.6 (0.7) (0.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (0.7) (----) (----) (----) (----) After The First 48 0.6 (0.9) (0.7) (0.9) (1.0) (1.4) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) It’s Always Sunny 0.5 (0.7) (0.6) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (----) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.7) (0.5) TNA Wrestling 0.5 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.7) (0.5) (0.7) (----) (0.4) (0.5) Austin & Santino 0.4 (----) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Destination Truth 0.4 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Lottery 0.4 (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (1.1) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) The League

* "Jersey Shore" beat everything at 10 p.m. but baseball. * Though it matched its season low, “Bang” beat “Grey’s” for the first time to emerge as Thursday’s top show in adults 18-49. * Tim Olyphant didn’t prevent “The Office” and “Outsourced” from falling to season lows. (“30 Rock’s” fifth episode hit a 3.0 in the “Outsourced” slot last autumn.) * “CSI” matched its season high and tied “The Office” at 9 p.m. for the first time since at least last winter. (They were tied for third place thanks for baseball performing much better than “Fringe” in that slot. * “30 Rock” was way down from last week’s star-packed live episode.

How NBC’s Thursday shows rank against others on the network: 18-49 finals; repeats in grey; prior weeks’ finals in parentheses: 7.4 (6.7) (8.0) (7.3) (9.2) (9.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Sunday Football 3.4 (3.8) (3.5) (3.7) (4.4) (1.2) (----) (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (1.4) (1.2) The Office 2.7 (2.3) (2.6) (2.8) (3.2) (----) (1.8) (1.4) (1.7) (1.4) (1.8) (----) Law & Order SVU 2.6 (2.6) (2.5) (2.7) (2.9) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Biggest Loser 2.4 (1.9) (2.4) (3.2) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) Law & Order LA 2.3 (2.6) (2.5) (2.8) (3.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) Outsourced 2.2 (2.2) (2.4) (2.9) (3.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) The Event 2.2 (3.1) (2.1) (2.6) (2.6) (----) (----) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (1.1) (1.0) 30 Rock 1.9 (1.9) (1.9) (2.0) (2.0) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Chuck 1.9 (2.2) (1.8) (1.9) (2.2) (----) (----) (0.9) (0.9) (0.8) (1.1) (1.1) Community 1.9 (2.0) (2.1) (2.0) (2.5) (2.7) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Parenthood 1.6 (1.5) (1.7) (2.1) (2.3) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Chase 1.5 (1.4) (1.5) (1.6) (2.1) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) Undercovers 1.3 (1.3) (1.3) (1.3) (1.4) (1.5) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) The Apprentice 1.2 (1.6) (1.3) (1.6) (1.4) (1.2) (1.2) (1.0) (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) Dateline 0.9 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) School Pride 0.6 (0.9) (1.0) (1.1) (0.9) (2.3) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Outlaw

* “Vampire Diaries” hit a new season high, matching the score for its first-season finale. * “Nikita” hit its all-time low but just got a full first-season order anyway.
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  • Oct. 22, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    The Big Bang Theory

    by Waspo

    I know it's not a show that gets a lot of pop here, but I really do like The Big Bang Theory, and the ratings support that I am not alone. Also, The Yankees can go to hell and watch the World Series from home like the rest of us.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Waspo

    by Blanket-Man

    I agree on both counts: BBT was good this week, and the Yankees can eat it. Glad the Rangers sent them HOME!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Big Gay Theory

    by Reilly

    The show really bugs me that the two main characters seem to act and sound more gay than geek. I mean if they were playing gay geeks i wouldn't be so annoyed, but their acting sucks too much for me to enjoy it.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Kaley Cuoco Has No Idea...

    by Akira Cowabunga

    ...how much she wants me. She's the only reason to watch Big Bang. I've soiled more than one sock watching her.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Again with the socks!

    by lock67ca

    Harry sure has been a bad influence.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    BBT is better then half of NBCs lineup, and 3/4 some nights

    by Saen

    30 Rock and Outsourced are much much worse. And the Office is not consistent. Last nights episode was good, but the sex ed one, not so much. Community was kind of weak last night, but almost always delivers. While BBT is usually good for a laugh, or two; but it lacks the creativity of Community, and some of the better character work of the Office.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    WTF is wrong with people?

    by aversiontherapy2

    The more successful rubbish like Jersey Shore is the dumber television gets. I suppose most people like that.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Sunny and The League

    by Daremo

    I would have to think since FX is no longer on DIsh Network, this MUST be playing into FX ratings drops. I do hope Fox and Dish play nice, and restore this channel SOON.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Comcast should wipe the NBC Thursday lineup

    by CCon99

    If Parks and Recreation was on right now with the rest of the NBC must avoid TV, it would probably be doing 1.5-1.6's. Comcast should really just wipe that whole Thursday lineup clean when they take over. I like Community, but it's just doing terrible in ratings. 30 Rock is doing mediocre when not having the Live gimmick. Office is still doing well, but everyone already knows it's going to do a Fishburn/CSI and lose an entire point when Carrell leaves, let the show go out on top. Outsourced is pretty bad and P&R is even far worse. Then there's the Apprentice who couldn't even beat local access bingo in the ratings without the F-list "celebs".

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Survivor

    by DiscoGodfather

    Viewed more as a social experiment/competition than "reality TV", Survivor is a far more redeeming show. Even after 20 seasons its still a fascinating study into human behavior when forced into extreme conditions and told to compete for $1M. Role playing and group dynamics come into play heavily. In addition, what sets Survivor apart from Jersey Shore/"Celebreality" is that we watch the shows because the people on them are smart, or must be to succeed, where the opposite is true for the former. As "love to hate" egotistical personalities go, I'd rather watch Russell or Rob Mariano than Spencer Pratt or The Situation anytime.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Also, NBC, please move Community

    by DiscoGodfather

    For the love of God, you're competing for basically the same audience for a show that is annihilating you more than 2 to 1, and yours is the superior product. Even Friday night at 9 would be an improvement.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    They Are Really Not Doing Steve Carrell

    by Karuma

    any favors with such poor writing on "The Office" this season. I would have thought they would try to ramp it up and get him a well deserved Emmy. And "Outsourced" gets better every week although it is still a bit sophomoric. "Vampire" had an bad outlier episode number last week, so no real progress there. And as for "Jersey Shore", yikes on their number, although they still are in their numerical roundhouse.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Outsourced is poo crap

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    If NBC is inclined on keeping it, why not drop it to 8:30 and return 30 rock to 9:30. 30 rock was always a great finisher to thursday nights, now it feels like NBC is just wasting it away up against big bang theory, which is for fags but apparently there are alot of fags watching TV

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Survivor and Amazing Race

    by lock67ca

    These two are the only "Reality" shows I would say are worth watching. They are more of a game than reality. There's a reason Amazing Race has won so many awards. The other so-called "Reality" shows that Survivor and Race spawned have no idea what makes these two work. Most are just sensationalistic trash that appeal to the lowest common denominator of the population.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Herc only mentions Supernatural these days....

    by lock67ca

    ...when he has DVDs to sell or give away.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Dammit! DVR didn't record Nikita

    by gun_will_travel

    Now I have to find the damn torrent. Pain in my ass!

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck wants to watch a show like "OUTSOURCED"...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...In a fucking recession?!<p> NBC's programmers are some seriously tone-deaf motherfuckers. To think, they actually passed up an American version of Britain's THE I.T. CROWD for shit like this and PARKS AND RECREATION:<p> "Gosh, what do you think your average American can relate to more...the IT department that every company in the country now has, or a bunch of Indians and 'the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department in a small town' (say that one three times without yawning, I dare you)? Let's go with the Indians...after all, India's renowned for being a comedy mecca!"

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    Outsourced is disgusting pandering to deluded immigrants

    by dranom

    and the international audience, but whatever the fuck lines your pockets rich execs.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Jersey Shore is HILARIOUS

    by Sicuv Uyall

    It's funny watching some idiots obsessed with themselves, saying the stupidest fuckin' things and thinking they're better than everyone else. Pretty much like the Talkbackers here.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    BrainDrain

    by Sicuv Uyall

    You talk shit about Jersey Shore and defend Survivor?? You're fuckin kidding me... who are the real assholes here?

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is a deluded immigrant

    by Sicuv Uyall

    and why are they low enough to pander to, you fuckin redneck?

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    outsourced is crap

    by jsfithaca

    put in parks and recreation at 930, and switch community with 30 rock. community is much funnier and shouldnt have to compete with big bang. and also the funniest show on tv isnt anything on thursday night. its south park

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    BBT is basically That 70s Show with dorks

    by terry1978

    That is probably the only reason I really confess to watching it, because I enjoyed the style of 70s show, even with the laugh track.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Legitimate News Says Herc is full of CRAP!

    by ForgetfulPete

    from CNN: (The Daily Beast) -- One month into the season, three shows have been canceled and at least nine more are on life support. So what went wrong? Statistically speaking, the overall performance of the new television shows that have debuted this autumn on the programming lineups of the big five broadcast networks is about as anemic as the play of the Dallas Cowboys. Of the 22 new shows that have so far premiered on ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, and NBC, three have already been canceled -- "Lone Star," "Outlaw," and "My Generation." And ratings data through the first month of the television season suggest that viewers shouldn't get too attached to any of the remaining 19 shows still left on the schedules, as it's likely that most of them won't be returning for a second season. According to a study conducted by media buying agency Magna Global, over the last five years the broadcast networks have debuted an average of 35.6 new shows per season, with only 12.4 of them per year getting renewed, for a success rate of 34.8 percent. The low season came in 2005/06, when the broadcast networks premiered 49 new shows but only renewed 14 of them, a renewal rate of just 29 percent. Last year marked a high point for renewals, as 14 of the 33 new shows that debuted across the broadcast networks returned this season, for a success rate of 42 percent. Industry observers suggest that the ratings performance thus far for this year's crop of new shows is likely to send the renewal rate into a downward spiral, however. The best adjective the eminently quotable Brad Adgate, senior vice president for research at Horizon Media, could muster to describe the batch of shows was "serviceable." That's a tad more diplomatic than Bill Carroll, television analyst at Katz Media Group, who said this year's new shows are for the most part "either incorrectly programmed or not very good." Which shows will be canceled next? There is a slew to choose from -- even shows that have already gotten full-season pickups aren't safe unless they can build on their initial ratings throughout the year and establish a solid, loyal and, most important, consistently returning fanbase the way NBC's "Chuck" did a few years ago. Based on the ratings, sources point to Fox's "Running Wilde," which is averaging 3 million viewers over the course of four weeks, according to Nielsen data; NBC's "Chase" (4.5 million), "Outsourced" (4.1 million), and "Undercovers" (5.3 million), and ABC's "The Whole Truth" (3.6 million) are almost certain to meet an early death. Other shows accurately described as being on the bubble include: Fox's "Raising Hope" (4.6 million), whose survival will depend in large part on how it performs in its presumed coveted post-"American Idol" timeslot come January; NBC's "The Event" (6 million); and ABC's "Better With You" (5.1 million). Friday's debut of "School Pride" on NBC only garnered 2.2 million viewers, which doesn't bode well for the survival chances of that program either. (NBC this week picked up "The Event," "Law & Order: Los Angeles," "Chase," and "Outsourced" for a full-year, but whether they come back for a second season, or even last for the rest of this one, is unclear.) But even that bleak assessment is optimistic, as none of the fall debuts are scoring ratings solid enough to anchor a given evening, even among the well-performing CBS slate, where its five new shows -- "Hawaii Five-O," "Blue Bloods," "Mike & Molly," "The Defenders," and "$#*! My Dad Says" -- collectively rank as the Top 5 new series' on television. On Thursday, CBS picked up all those shows for full seasons, but none yet appears to be a breakout hit like "Glee" and "Modern Family" last year. (It should be noted that the new offerings from the CW, "Nikita" and "Hellcats," are performing solidly for the network's needs.) Sources speculate that a large portion of show renewals for next season could end up coming from the 17 shows slated as midseason replacements across the five broadcast networks, which include such offerings as a "Criminal Minds" spinoff from CBS; ABC's Dana Delany-starring procedural, "Body of Proof;" Fox's cop show, "Ride-Along," from "Shield" creator Shawn Ryan; and comedies "Love Bites" and "The Paul Reiser Show" from NBC. That the networks are looking to their midseason replacements, which are generally weaker than their fall offerings, to help salvage the development season says a lot about the performance of this year's new shows. The fall season wasn't supposed to go this way for the broadcasters. Back in May, during the upfronts, those splashy events held each year in the hopes of convincing advertisers to spend copious amounts of money supporting new programming, the big five displayed a newfound vigor and competitive zeal in relation to their upstart cable network counterparts. After all, this was the year the broadcast networks kicked off the crutches of cheap reality television, reopened their wallets to big-name talent, and started taking creative risks again. Indeed, ABC, CBS, and NBC all planned to aggressively program dramas in the 10 p.m. hour, as well as adding new shows on Friday night in an attempt to revive that once lucrative, now nearly abandoned evening on television. But aside from CBS, no new shows have been able to gain much traction at 10 p.m., and NBC has already been forced to retreat from Friday night, plugging in "Dateline" to fill the slot vacated by "Outlaw." The basic problem is that when the broadcast networks play it safe, as they have in years past, viewers flock to edgier cable programming like "True Blood" or more zeitgeist-defining shows like "Mad Men." And when they take risks, such as Fox's gamble on "Lone Star," they don't go big enough to lure viewers back. Or, as Tim Brooks, television historian and author of "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows," says, "Broadcast television has to 'wow' us from time to time." So far this is the television season that hasn't happened. But hey, there's always the spring.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    So CNN says

    by ForgetfulPete

    THE EVENT IS NOT THE FUTURE OF DRAMA ON TELEVISION (SERIOUSLY!)

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    repeat:

    by ForgetfulPete

    no guarantee that THE EVENT will even return for more episodes despite more being ordered.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I c all BS on the CNN article

    by hst666

    The mid-season replacements are the same old procedurals that people are growing tired of. Also, it's all specualtive as many shows have full season pick-ups and decisions will be based upon ratings later in the season anyway.

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