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NBC's Thursday lineup falls to sad new low

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Parenthood

When looking at Thursday’s prime-time ratings, NBC’s numbers bring to mind an apocalyptic wasteland; some smoldering ruinous city, once glamorous, where a devastating bomb has crumbled the skyline into gray ash.

Or, in NBC’s case, four bombs: Parks & Recreation, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show and (sorry, know you love it) Parenthood. Every show hit or tied its all-time series low rating last night. This is NBC’s lowest-performing Thursday this season. In fact, this matches NBC’s worst performing in-season Thursday in the network’s history with first-run regularly scheduled programming. These are the types of ratings that even rivals networks get bummed to see; they’re just sad.

As for the rest: Fox and The CW’s numbers are slightly inflated due to local sports preemptions (see my scoop on X Factor‘s surprising renewal odds). ABC is largely even with last week. CBS’ posted across-the-board gains (except a steady Big Bang Theory), with The Millers having its best total viewership in a month. Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P X-FACTOR 1.6 5,876
9-10P GLEE- 1.6 4,436
ABC 8-9P ONCE-WONDERLAND 0.9 3,511
9-10P GREY ANATOMY 2.5 8,480
10-11P SCANDAL- 2.9 8,832
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- 5.2 18,586
8:30P MILLERS- 2.8 12,043
9:00P CRAZY ONES- 2.2 8,733
9:30P TWO&HLF MN- 2.1 8,616
10-11P ELEMENTARY- 1.8 9,114
NBC 8-9P PARK & REC- 1.0 2,812
9:00P SEAN-WORLD- 0.9 2,975
9:30P MJ FOX SHW- 0.9 2,803
10-11P PARENTHOOD 1.2 3,606
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DRS- 1.3 2,904
9-10P REIGN- 0.9 2,194