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Ratings: Basketball dunks the competition, 'FlashForward' fizzles

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Did you fill out a bracket? The rest of America did, with March Madness basketball sweeping the ratings for Thursday night. FlashForward‘s return? Not so flashy: its two-hour spring premiere was down about half a million viewers from its fall finale, and it lost another half million between its first and second half-hour. NBC comedies were relatively stable, and 30 Rock saw a major uptick — 6.9 is its biggest audience in months.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. 2010 NCAA Basketball (CBS)

FlashForward (ABC)

Bones (Fox)

Community (NBC)

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

10.3

6.5

6.2 (repeat)

5.2

1.4 (repeat)

8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (NBC) 4.7
9:00 p.m. The Office (NBC)

Fringe (Fox)

Supernatural (The CW)

7.6

4.4 (repeat)

1.4 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (NBC) 6.9
10:00 p.m. The Marriage Ref (NBC)

Private Practice (ABC)

7.4 (NBC)

4.0 (repeat)

Source: Nielsen