Finally, with baseball out of the way, and key shows like ‘House’ back on the schedule, order was restored last week.
The usually dominant were dominant as usual, with ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘NCIS’ and ‘House’ all finishing atop the ratings.
Meanwhile, ABC saw its miniseries-remake sensation ‘V’ cool down considerably in week two, but any grief over that was quickly offset by the powerful performance of a country music awards show a night later.
Here are how most of the networks key shows graded out ratings-wise this past week.
CMA AWARDS (ABC) If you,re not into country music, you might want to turn off the TV and find yourself a hobby. This stuff draws viewers. CMAs did above a 5.0 rating all three hours they were on Wednesday night. Those are almost like a championship sports ratings. Ticked Grademaster off by pre-empting Modern Family.
HOUSE (Fox) Back from a baseball-induced hiatus, Dr. Gregory House put his examination gloves on and stuck it to the competition Monday at 8 p.m., leading the time period with a 5.1 demo rating.
CSI: MIAMI (CBS) Another week, another 4.0 demo rating.
DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) It didn’t win the key 18-49 demo, but Dancing’s 17.6 million viewer average from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday beat all comers that night.
BIG BANG THEORY (CBS) The dominance we’ve now come to expect: 4.5 demo rating.
NCIS (CBS) Another episode this one featured a North Korean assassin! Another 20.2 million viewers. Also won the Tuesday 8 o’clock hour in the 18-49 demo with a 4.2 rating.
SURVIVOR: SAMOA (CBS) Winning Thursday at eight gives you like total immunity to everything from now on. Averaged 13.2 million viewers and scored a 4.0 demo rating.
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC) Enjoyed the weeks best demo rating at 5.4.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS) Exec producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas spend most of the last two seasons building up the whole Barney-Robin hook up then ingloriously, and somewhat gruesomely, tear it all down in one episode, while ensconcing Neil Patrick Harris in a latex fat suit for most of it. An average of 9 million people watched this heartbreaking spectacle.
GLEE (Fox) It’s still one of the seasons most inspired new offerings, and it hasn’t lost any ground but it hasn’t gained much, either. Wednesdays fourth-place finish with 7.3 million viewers is on par with what its done all year. The 3.3 demo rating is pretty solid.
CSI: NEW YORK (CBS) Come to the light! Mass audience choose’s celebration of country music talent over bleak plot about human cargoing and organ harvesting. Grademasters pointy-headed conclusion: man is good sort of. CBS procedural still averaged 13.9 million viewers.
THE BIGGEST LOSER (NBC) Averaged nearly 10 million viewers from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday, but finished in third place for both hours. But as everyone knows, the key to a successful network diet is consumption by 18-49-year-olds, and Loser won the 9 o’clock hour with a 4.1 rating.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS) Lost to Biggest Loser in the key demo, but beat everybody with 16.2 million total viewers.
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) Won the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour with a rather uninspired 12.9 million viewers and so-so 2.7 demo rating. Let’s try letting Chris Noth out of jail; who knows, might spice things up.
BONES (Fox) Up 15% in total viewers from last week. Finished second to Survivor at 8 p.m. Thursday with audience of 9.8 million.
CSI (CBS) Won Thursday at 9 p.m. with 16.9 million viewers, but lost out to Grey’s in demos. That’s the way it usually goes these days.
THE OFFICE (NBC) I do declare! Episode featuring Southern-themed whodunit game is flat with last week, drawing an average of 7.8 million viewers.
PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC) Once again beat The Mentalist in demos with a 3.9 rating for adults 18-49.
THE MENTALIST (CBS) Once again beat Private Practice in total viewers averaging 15.6 million.
ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (CBS) Renewed for the rest of the season, but at some point, Jenna Elfman and company have to start carrying some more water. They lost 9% of How I Met Your Mothers lead-in audience Monday.
CASTLE (ABC) A decent total viewer average of 10.7 million, but lost the demo race to CSI: Miami.
LIE TO ME (Fox) The awful truth: if NBC’s lame-duck Trauma wasn’t around Monday at 9 p.m., this would probably be a fourth-place show with 7.5 million viewers.
CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS) Second place to ABC’s CMA Awards averaging 12.3 million viewers.
LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC) Now behind Criminal Minds almost every week, L&O: SVU also got beat by country music Wednesday. It averaged 8.8 million viewers.
V (ABC) Cooled down considerably from its premiere last week, losing 24% of its total audience base. Still a force with 10.6 total viewers.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Fox) Averaged under 6 million viewers from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday and finished way back in fourth place. Monday’s results show yielded just 5.5 million viewers.
FLASHFORWARD (ABC) About the same as its been doing third place averaging 8.3 million viewers.
COMMUNITY (NBC) It’s not even one season in, and its already getting self-referential but still funny. Averaged 5.1 million viewers Thursday.
MERCY (NBC) NBC opted to keep this hospital show and ditch Trauma, but any more performances like this one (third place with a 6.8 million viewer average Wednesday at eight), and the network might go to plan C (provided it has one).
PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC) Dropped 8% of Community’s lead-in. Considering that lead-in ain’t much to begin with, that’s a problem.
30 ROCK (NBC) Once again dropped a full quarter of The Office’s lead-in. Lets just say that when NBC Studios has to mull contract re-negotiations for talent and cast, who will have Emmy winner on their resumes, a 5.8 million audience tally might result in some deal-breakers.
FRINGE (Fox) Averaging only 5.9 million viewers, A LOT of people are missing a good show.
HEROES (NBC) An average of 5.1 million viewers still care.
MELROSE PLACE (CW) Jay Leno’s audience was more than four times bigger Tuesday. Not sure what that means, but it cant be good.
JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) Now its a downward spiral. Bad press about bad ratings leads to more audience loss. Show averaged under 4 million viewers for the week (not counting Friday). Someone get Jay an exit strategy pronto.