The competition took a beating Thursday because of The X Factor, which gave FOX a win in adults 18-49 (3.9 rating/10 share) and another chance to boast about its domination (like, how its the first time ever that Fox has won the first two Thursdays of the season). The two-hour show averaged 11.9 million, according to early results.
Charlie’s Angels took a direct hit on ABC — earning a mere 1.5/4, which was down 29 percent versus last week. It averaged 7.1 million. Grey’s Anatomy suffered but not too terribly; it earned a 3.5/9 (10 million) but was still down 15 percent. Most of the damage was heaped upon Kate Walsh and the return of Private Practice, which earned a 2.8/8 (and 7.8 million) and logged its lowest-rated premiere ever.
The Big Bang Theory on CBS was down 2 percent from last week but the kids still earned a 4.8/15 (14.5 million). But they didn’t stick around to check out Drama in How to be a Gentleman. The new comedy only earned a 2.7/8 and 8.9 million, down 33 percent from the premiere of $#*! My Dad Says last season. Too bad, because this is a pretty good show. Try to watch, eh? Person of Interest earned a 2.7/7 and 12.4 million while The Mentalist, a 2.5/7 and 12.7 million.
Community on NBC built slightly from last week to a 1.8/5 and 4 million, while Parks and Recreation (2.1/6, 4.3 million) was flat. The Office was off 13 percent to a 3.4/9 and 6.6 million while Whitney — whoa! — was down 24 percent to a 2.5/6 and 5.3 million. And poor Maria Bello: Her new show Prime Suspect lost 17 percent of its adults and finished with a 1.5/4 and 5.5 million. And Ken Tucker even said the episode was better, too!
Bottom line: Fox won the night with a 3.8/10, followed by CBS (3.0/8), ABC (2.6/7), NBC (2.1/6) and CW (1.1/3). In viewers, CBS led with 12.2 million, followed by Fox (11.9 million), ABC (8.3 million), NBC (5.2 million), and CW (2.3 million).