CBS Bangs Up Thursdays

Thursday was one of last season's toughest TV days, a bloodbath with hit shows from all genres. Things are only slightly easier this year, but with CBS moving The Big Bang Theory to this night, repercussions are being felt all over.

(All ratings information is from TV By the Numbers. Ratings and share are for the 18-49 year old demographic.)

8:00pm - 9:00pm


The Big Bang Theory, CBS: 13.95 million viewers, 4.8/15 rating/share
It's official. The Big Bang Theory is a juggernaut. And it crushed everything in its path.

$#*! My Dad Says (8:30), CBS: 12.48 million, 3.9/12
How big is Big Bang? It mesmerized audiences into sticking around for this show, which is awful. The Toronto Sun called it a "disaster," and The San Francisco Chronicle hopes CBS never goes on the internet again. I just think it's a piece of $#*!.

Bones, Fox: 9.79 million, 2.7/8
Consistency earns renewals. Bones is doing just fine.

30 Rock (8:30), NBC: 5.85 million, 2.6/8
When more people watch a Twitter comedy than Emmy-winner 30 Rock, it's a sad statement about society.

Community, NBC: 5.01 million, 2.2/7
Ouch. This hurts. My favorite network comedy got crushed by Big Bang. Time to start sending gift boxes to NBC, 'cause I gave the season premiere a check-plus.

My Generation, ABC: 5.22 million, 1.6/5
This new ABC drama struggled in its premiere, grabbing CW-type numbers. The Washington Post called it "a bad ABC afternoon special." Ouch. At least our own Stefanie Lee likes it!

The Vampire Diaries, CW: 3.57 million, 1.6/5
3.57 million on The CW? Daaaaaaaaaang!

9:00pm - 10:00pm


Grey's Anatomy, ABC: 14.04 million viewers, 5.3/14
Cristina and Owen got married or something. Who are Cristina and Owen? I have no idea, but Entertainment Weekly said the premiere episode reinvigorated the series. And TV.com user "losershorts" is "pumped for this season and seeing where this re-birth theme goes." I'm much more inclined to trust one of our users than sycophantic EW.

The Office, NBC: 8.40 million, 4.3/11
It's not the ratings stud it used to be, but it's still performing just fine. Sadly, our own Steve Heisler was disappointed in the season premiere. Get used to it, Steve. Life isn't fair.

Outsourced (9:30), NBC: 7.44 million, 3.5/9
I'm speechless. I guess first-episode curiosity got the best of 7.44 million people, because I don't know how anyone watched this. Let's see how it does next week.

CSI, CBS: 14.57 million, 3.4/9
Is this a typo? Outsourced out-rated CSI? CBS' procedural had nearly double the viewers, but performed worse among 18-49 year olds. I'm guessing it isn't a bunch of 12-year olds who are tuning into CSI, either.

Fringe, Fox: 5.83 million, 2.1/6
The premiere was great, but another disappointing ratings showing for one of the better shows on TV right now. How long will it be before the Fringe cancellation talk starts? DVR viewing should help this one more than others.

Nikita, CW: 3.22 million, 1.1/3
Another 3+ million show for The CW, thanks to The Vampire Diaries.

10:00pm - 11:00pm


The Mentalist, CBS: 15.33 million, 3.3/10
Wow, even more viewers than CSI and an even smaller number in ratings. Sounds like a bunch of old people left their TVs on when they fell asleep on their couches.

Private Practice, ABC: 9.02 million, 3.3/10
Grey's Anatomy's little sister will never live up to its older sibling. Ever.

The Apprentice, NBC: 3.85 million, 1.4/4
These numbers are simply crummy. Bring back the celebs, Trump!

What do you make of the ratings for your favorite Thursday-night show? Is it in danger? Will it be around for a while?



Follow TV.com writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom



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Grey's and bones rocked
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Have you ever noticed how if you delete the last three words in "$#*! My Dad Says", it's just $#*!? Because I have.
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i watched the first season of fringe, but i kept getting distracted my olivia's teeth when she talks. what is it about her...? i can't quite put my finger on it...
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aaaaah you're full of it! you dunno what you're talkin' about! I LOVE WILLIAM SHATNER. He's hillarious!
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My Thursday shows are Big Bang Theory and Fringe. My weekend work hours start Thursday night. See the problem here? It really sucks that I can't watch BBT anywhere online (like hulu) and it sucks even more that Fringe may be heading to cancellation and it's because the day it's on sucks. Put it back to the early week please.
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They really have to find a way to make the ratings system work better. I mean the real popular shows are being downloaded like crazy. Community is awesome and obviously its a huge hit amongst fans, so why isn't the numbers reflecting that? Big Bang sucks btw, lol. :P
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TBBT is Awesome! $#*! My Dad Says is just that - $#*!!!



I love Bones (although I was a bit disappointed at the premiere. It didn't feel right) & The Mentalist. I really like GA and The Practice. Just watched Community tonight, glad its back on the air.
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Tried to give S#*! a chance, almost made it to the 9 minute mark before I threw in the towel. I honestly cannot remember the last time CBS had ANYTHING that I wanted to watch.
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Community is so much better than Big Bang! It ridiculous, CBS is just trying to kill all it's fresh competition.
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The only show I watch on Thursday is The Vampire Diaries. It's doing fairly well (for the CW anyway) so I don't have to worry. I've checked out most of the other shows at some point and didn't care for any of them.
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The networks (and TV.com) should stop trying to dismiss who are over 49. The term is "broadcasting," not "narrowcasting." I'm still in that coveted demographic, and I enjoy "CSI" and "The Mentalist." There are probably more babyboomers than Gen X'ers anyway.
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Fringe was great, and so was The Big Bang Theory. I live outside the USA and watch everything by download. And I know there are a lot of people doing the same. And with all those series, a lot of people will DVR them. So how are they gonna take all that in account? Too many good series have been cancelled in the past!
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$#*! My Dad Says was nice but not extraodrinary, i hope better episodes are on their way.
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I thought Grey's was amazing. An amazing follow up to last season's blood bath. Although the episode mostly focused on Meredith, Derek and Christina, I thought Chyler Leigh was stunning in this episode. The flashback to Lexie's nervous breakdown was so well done. I'm so glad Lexie's a brunette again. She look weird as a blonde. I have renewed hatred for Alex Karev. I was just beginning to like him too. Also, I'm so glad that Shonda is toning down April's irritating quirks. She's starting to grow on me and if she settles down and stops lusting after Derek, she could become a great character in her own right. She's still a poor replacement for Izzie but then again, there never really was a good replacement for Izzie. i really hope she comes back. I love her. GA rules
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People need to start watching FRINGE! We cant let the best show on television get cancelled!
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Mentalist is one of best shows on TV.

Fring is good. Most of the Thursday comedies are good, except #$!@, which definitely is.

Don't see why people hate Outsourced so much. It's mildly amusing.

Bones is still broken.
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I watch most shows on-line, because I hate the adds. If the shows continue to do so bad I might have to start watching TV again!
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Love the stats, thanks.
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None of my shows did amazingly well (except for Big Bang) but none of them should be in danger at all.
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I just don't get why they won't move Fringe to Tuesdays.
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Ouch. I really hope Fringe does better in the coming weeks; I will certainly be watching it. I'm glad to see The Vampire Diaries doing well. I do not understand the appeal of Outsourced at all, whatsoever, not even a little bit.
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Awful ratings for Fringe. I hope the numbers pick up because the show is really good and hopefully people realize that soon.
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Okay Community was way more amazing than anything on last night! and don't be hating on The Mentalist it was great, Bones, VD, Nikita were great too TBBT was alright and The Office was just okay
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God help America when shows like Grey's Anatomy, Outsourced, and CSI beat a show like Fringe which is so much better.
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Tim, I bet you're really an old person who is just too embarrassed to admit it! And if you're not yet, well, what gets me through is that some day you will be! HA! But you're also (mostly) right. Fringe got bent over again, "consistency" is a nice way of putting it for Bones though I still watch faithfully, S#*t was a real loser and big disappointment, who cares about Greys Anatomy, and Nikita is missing something IMHO: namely, Roy Dupuis!
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I don't understand why CBS is America's Most Watched Network, the Big Bang Theory is nowhere near as funny as 30 Rock, Community or the Office. It makes no sense! Say what you want about NBC but at least they are willing to take a risk in their comedies, CBS is utilizing the past-its-prime laugh track and lamebrain crime shows (Gee whiz so unique). You know how Jeff Foxworthy used to have those jokes about being a redneck, well if you watch CBS then you must be an loser.
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Big Bang is the most overrated show since Friends. I gave it an honest try, but gave up with a few episodes left in season one. Just incredibly overrated, boring, and TV shows filmed in front of an audience should've been outlawed in 2002.

I watched the Outsourced pilot, it was horrible.... I'll stick with it until I can't take it. I employed the same tactic with Parks & Rec and that show took a solid turn for the better last season.
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Community got so much buzz, I can only guess a lot of people will be watching it online or on their DVRs. There's something wrong in a world where (blank) My Dad Says gets higher ratings than Community and 30 Rock.
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you cant really say the office's ratings are bad. its had about the same ratings since season 2.
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