Charlie Sheen Threatens to Exit Two and a Half Men

Friday, April 2, 2010
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Thursday 4/01/10


CBS    8.6/14
ABC   5.8/10
Fox     5.3/ 9
NBC   3.4/ 6
CW     2.0/ 3

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, April 2, 2009):

ABC: +81, CBS: +13, Fox: + 6, CW: – 9, NBC: -64

Note: NBC featured the series-finale of ER on the year-ago evening.

-Yesterday’s Winners:

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (CBS), The Mentalist (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), CSI (CBS)


-Honorable Mention:

Bones (Fox)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
FlashForward (ABC)
-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS led this first Thursday (and first night in April) in the overnights, beating distant second-place ABC by 48 percent.  Third overall was Fox, followed by NBC, which did not benefit by two repeat hours of The Office, and The CW. Before I continue, SPOILER ALERT…I will be talking about the outcome of CBS’ Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains last night.


On that note, Survivor opened the night for CBS with a dominant 7.2 rating/12 share in the overnights at 8 p.m. Comparably, that was an increase of 16 percent from the year-ago edition set in Tocantins on April 2, 2009 (6.2/10). As for the show itself, why, why, why…why does everyone seem to always put their faith in Russell? Jerri would have been better off sticking with camp Rob, while Coach should have voted for Russell (instead of Countney), which would have at least put the votes in a tie. Now that Rob is gone, the villains are about to come apart and nasty Sandra seems the most likely to exit next if the villains lose again next week. Stay tuned.


Sticking with CBS, a 9 p.m. edition of The Mentalist, which has not officially flipped time periods with CSI yet, won the hour with a CSI-like 9.5/15 in the overnights. CSI at 10 p.m. still dominated, but it performed below regularly scheduled The Mentalist with a 9.0/15. Next week, CSI is back at 9 p.m., followed by The Mentalist.


Second-place ABC has sprung a leak at 8 p.m., with older-skewing FlashFoward third in the overnights with a 3.9/ 7 at 8 p.m. As I have said on countless occasions, taking the freshman drama off the air for three months killed any early momentum. Next up on ABC was aging Grey’s Anatomy (#2: 7.6/12), which will win the 9 p.m. hour among adults 18-49, followed by spin-off Private Practice (#2: 5.9/10), which could also take the time period in the demo.   


Fox’s always potent Bones kicked-off the evening second in the overnights, with a 6.4/11 at 8 p.m., followed by already renewed Fringe at a third-place 4.3/ 7 at 9 p.m. Comparably, retention for Fringe out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of Bones (6.6/11) was 65 percent.


NBC populated the night with back-to-back hour-long repeat episodes of The Office (8-9 p.m.: #4: avg. 3.1/ 5 — 9-10 p.m.: #4, avg. 3.1/ 5) and recently introduced The Marriage Ref, which dipped to a series low 4.0/ 7 at 10 p.m. But The Marriage Ref did manage to build by 35 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Office encore. Personally speaking, I think The Marriage Ref is a hoot and I hope Kirstie Alley is asked back again soon. Thankfully, creator Jerry Seinfeld is not on camera every week. But doesn’t host Tom Papa sound just like him?


The CW closed the night with its already renewed combination of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 2.2/ 4) and Supernatural (#5: 1.8/ 3). Although it is a given The Vampire Diaries will remain in the Thursday 8 p.m. anchor position next season, Friday could benefit if the network paired it with former lead-in Smallville next season. For more on Friday programming, check out my feature “Is Friday the New Saturday?” online and in Mediaweek on Monday.