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Ratings: 'Southland,' 'Parks & Recreation' score decent debuts

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On a Thursday night when most shows — Survivor, Bones, In the Motherhood, Samantha Who?, The Office (which aired two new episodes), 30 Rock — were down from their season averages, CBS won the ratings race thanks, of course, to CSI. As for the evening’s much-publicized new programs, NBC’s cop drama Southland nabbed a respectable 9.7 million pairs of eyes in ER‘s old 10 p.m. slot. CBS’ limited-run Harper’s Island lost nearly 6 million viewers from its CSI lead-in, garnering 10.5 million folks, also at 10 p.m. And NBC’s Parks & Recreation drew 6.8 million people at 8:30 p.m., even though it followed an episode of The Office that had 7.2 million watchers and came before another Office that boasted 8 million viewers.

 

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

 

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. Survivor (CBS)
Bones (Fox)
The Office (NBC)
In the Motherhood (ABC)
Smallville (The CW)
11.3
8.9
7.2
4.6
2.0 (repeat)
8:30 p.m. Parks & Recreation (NBC)
Samantha Who? (ABC)
6.8
4.9
9:00 p.m. CSI (CBS)
The Office (NBC)
Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Supernatural (The CW)
16.4
8.0
7.6
5.1 (repeat)
2.0 (repeat)
9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (NBC) 6.8
10:00 p.m. Harper’s Island (CBS)
Southland (NBC)
Private Practice (ABC)
10.5
9.7
4.3 (repeat)