Ratings: ‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Nikita’ Up As Sitcoms And ‘CSI’ Dip

by | October 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM | Ratings, TV News

'The Vampire Diaries' Candice Accola (The CW)

'The Vampire Diaries' Candice Accola (The CW)

This morning’s Nielsen ratings report is no laughing matter for Thursday comedies, all of which dropped from last week.

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Suffering the biggest hit was NBC’s ‘30 Rock,’ which tumbled 19 percent in the demos and 14 percent in total viewers (to 4.9 million). Similarly, ‘Outsourced‘ dropped 11 percent/10 percent.

Even Thursday’s heaviest comedy hitter, CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ slipped a bit in the demos and 4 percent in viewership. CBS lead-out ‘$#*! My Dad Says’ fell 12 percent/6 percent.

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Amid all this erosion, The CW had much to flash a blood-stained smile at. ‘The Vampire Diaries‘ enjoyed a 7 percent bump in the demos and an 8 percent increase in audience (to 3.46 million), while ‘Nikita‘ was up a tenth in both measures (delivering nearly 3 million viewers).

Other Thursday ratings notes:

* In the 8pm hour, ‘Bones’ was the only Big 4 program to go up in the demos (besting ‘$#*!’ in the second half-hour). Likewise, lead-out ‘Fringe’s demos improved 5 percent.

* ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (12.5 million viewers) won the 9 o’clock race and trounced ‘CSI’ in the demos, as the CBS procedural plunged 11 percent to hit an all-time low among the 18-49 crowd.

* ‘The Mentalist’ won the night this Thursday with 14.3 million total viewers, with ‘Private Practice’ flat (at 8 mil) and ‘The Apprentice’ a way distant third place (with 3.7 mil).