The PI: Veteran Thursday Shows Lose Steam

Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
CBS Wins; ABC Poised For Victory Among Adults 18-49

Thursday 5/01/08
Household Rating/Share
CBS 9.3/15
ABC 7.7/12
NBC 4.8/ 8
Fox 4.8/ 8
CW 2.5/ 4


-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, May 3, 2007)
Fox: + 9, CW: + 4, CBS: – 6, NBC: – 8, ABC: -34


Note: The fast affiliate results for Thursday will be posted at PIFeedback by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Thursday, May 1, 2008.


-Yesterday’s Winners:
Survivor: Micronesia (CBS), CSI (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Without a Trace (CBS), Lost (ABC)

-Yesterday’s Losers (Excluding Repeats):
Let’s wait and see what the fast affiliate results look like. Hovering near that loser’s listing, however: My Name is Earl, Scrubs and 30 Rock on NBC.


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS won this second Thursday in the overnights, with a 21 percent advantage over second-place ABC. But ABC is the network to beat among adults 18-49 once the fast affiliate results are posted at Tied for third overall in the metered markets were NBC and Fox. And the CW, of course, was fifth.

CBS’ Survivor: Micronesia won the 8 p.m. hour in the overnights, with a 7.2 rating/12 share. Comparably, that was down by 10 percent from Survivor: Fiji on the year-ago evening (8.0/13 on May 3, 2007). If anyone has any thoughts on Survivor last night, please share them with me at or via email at I missed it last night because I was at ION Television’s upfront presentation (see TV Tidbits below for more on ION).

Second in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. was ABC’s Ugly Betty (6.0/10), followed by Fox’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (5.2/ 9), NBC sitcoms My Name is Earl (4.4/ 7) and ABC-bound Scrubs (4.0/ 7), and the CW’s Smallville (2.9/ 5). What concerns me about Ugly Betty was a loss of 25 percent in the overnights from the year-ago telecast (8.0/13 on May 3, 2007).

CBS’ veteran CSI won the 9 p.m. hour, with an 11.3/18 in the overnights. And Grey’s Anatomy on ABC, which was second with a 10.2/16, will win the hour among adults 18-49 once the fast affiliate results are released. Both dramas remain down year-to-year, but a loss of 26 percent for Grey’s Anatomy (10.2/16 vs. 13.8/21 on May 3, 2007) is more severe than 11 percent for CSI (11.3/18 vs. 12.7/19). Are we all tiring of the romantic shtick at Seattle Grace Hospital?

Also airing from 9-10 p.m. were NBC sitcoms The Office (4.8/ 8) and 30 Rock (3.9/ 6), Fox’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics (4.4/ 7), and Supernatural on the CW (2.1/ 3). Since I also missed my new favorite The Office last night, tell me