Friday, January 6, 2012

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 1/5/12: Grey's Ascendancy (FINALS + Jersey Shore)


WHAT MATTERS:
  • Of ABC's four all-new days this first week of midseason, Thursday brought by far the best news. Grey's Anatomy (returned from an eight-week hiatus with easily a season high and its biggest numbers since the musical episode on 3/31/11. Throwing out the musical ep, it was the highest number in nearly 15 months! (since 10/14/10)
  • The news was good but not quite as great for Winter Wipeout and Private Practice. Wipeout's numbers were a massive improvement on Charlie's Angels in the timeslot and also the Wipeout franchise's highest demo in nearly a year, including the summer telecasts (since 1/13/11). But the numbers were still considerably down from Winter Wipeout's pre-Idol numbers last year (premiered to a 3.8 on 1/6/11). And Private Practice dropped in finals but was still above average.
  • The CDub kicked off midseason with the return of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, with TVD up a tick from its last pre-hiatus number and TSC even.
  • Among the three networks in repeats, CBS dominated, with two of four shows hitting repeat season highs and huge The Big Bang Theory hitting its highest number of the season in the leadoff role.
  • MTV's Jersey Shore premiere (4.0) actually wasn't the biggest show on TV, and it was down a bit from the last couple season premieres, but it still dominated 10/9c.

      FULL TABLE:

      Info Show Timeslot TRUE
      Viewers A18-49 SkewLast LeLa Avg Rank Tavg Lead
      Winter Wipeout8.392.741%+42%n/a+42%1/2+87%n/a2.61
      Grey's Anatomy12.124.547%+10%+145%+21%1/9+35%+67%4.08
      Private Practice7.712.745%+4%+200%+8%3/9+0%-40%2.26
      The Big Bang Theory (R)11.703.538%+25%n/a+35%2/9+20%n/a3.54
      Rules of Engagement (R)8.502.538%+19%+25%+18%1/5+2%-29%2.11
      Person of Interest (R)8.681.827%+6%+19%+13%2/9+3%-28%1.42
      The Mentalist (R)9.121.927%+12%+6%+24%1/7+15%+6%1.79
      Community (R)2.630.839%+33%n/a+9%2/4+7%n/a0.53
      Parks and Recreation (R)2.360.949%+29%+33%+25%2/6+6%+13%0.85
      The Office (R)2.611.154%+38%+13%+17%2/8+0%+22%0.97
      Whitney (R)2.240.846%-20%+10%-18%10/13-11%-27%0.63
      The Office (R)1.850.748%-36%-11%-27%7/9-16%-13%0.63
      Up All Night (R)1.860.748%-30%-30%-32%15/17-13%+0%0.65
      Bones (R)4.801.129%+0%n/a-8%2/4-28%n/a0.89
      Bones (R)4.331.132%+0%+0%-6%2/5-20%+0%0.93
      The Vampire Diaries3.321.558%+7%n/a+8%2/10+8%n/a1.51
      The Secret Circle2.050.850%+0%+7%-13%7/10-12%-47%0.57

      KEY (with much more detail at the New Daily Spotted Ratings page):

      Viewers - The total number of viewers (age 2+, in millions) that watched the program.
      A18-49 - Adults 18-49 rating. Percentage of US TV-owning adults 18-49 watching the program.
      Skew - Percentage of the total audience that falls in the 18-49 demo.
      Last - A18-49 percent difference from previous episode.
      LeLa - A18-49 percent difference between the show's lead-in and its lead-in for the previous episode.
      Avg - A18-49 percent difference from the show's average demo for previous original episodes this season.
      Rank - The A18-49 rating's rank among the show's episodes that have aired so far this season.
      Tavg - A18-49 percent difference from its timeslot's previous average for programming of the same type this season.
      Lead - A18-49 percent difference from lead-in program.
      TRUE - True Strength, a metric that adjusts the A18-49 rating for overall viewing levels, competition and lead-in. (Note: these are PRELIMINARY TRUE calculations. Finals come next week.)

      (R) - Repeat.

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