Ratings Updates: The Thursday Quagmire
It looks like the scheduling moves paid off for NBC. Finally. Who would've guessed that your ratings would benefit from putting your four best comedies all in a row? What a crazy plan. 30 Rock and Scrubs both received a large bump in ratings in their first night as the second hour of NBC's Thursday night comedy block. 30 Rock increased almost 25% over it's average season ratings. This can be fully attributed to the change in scheduling, 30 Rock now following The Office instead of 20 Good Years. Scrubs also increased about 25% on its average ratings from last season. This may be a bit of a misnomer, given that Thursday's episode was its season premiere (and, as we all know, season premieres receive higher ratings).
TV.com has the specific numbers. Grey's Anatomy dominated its Thursday 9PM time slot, receiving a 9.6/23 share (if you don't know what this means, you're not alone). The interesting thing here is that Grey's only had a CSI rerun as competition. I was under the impression that the audiences for CSI and Grey's Anatomy were so wildly different that showing a rerun of one of them wouldn't significantly effect the ratings of the other. It looks like I was wrong. -Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer