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NOV
30
4 YEARS

Freshmen slump: 'My Gen,' '$#*!,' 'Outsourced' drop

2outsourcedFreshman shows took harder knocks than most in the ratings Thursday night, with ABC's "My Generation," NBC's "Outsourced" and CBS' "$#*! My Dad Says" all falling markedly from their premieres last week. 

Nobody, it seems, is talkin' 'bout "My Generation" (3.9 million, 1.1), which had the most alarming drop. Falling 31% from its already bottom-floor debut, the ensemble soap is unlikely to continue airing at this level.

NBC's "Outsourced" (5.8 million, 2.8) dropped 22%, more than lead-in "The Office," yet still pulling a halfway-decent number by NBC's comedy block standards.

CBS' "$#*! My Dad Says" (10.4 million, 3.2) dropped the least of the new shows, 20%, and had the highest ratings of them too, winning its time period.

Overall, CBS won Thursday with "Big Bang Theory" (13 million, 4.3) slipping 12% its second week on its new night. From there, it was a 26% drop into "$#*!." "CSI" (13.3 million, 3.0) and "The Mentalist" (14.6 million, 3.0) both fell 12%. "Mentalist" edged out a victory at 10 p.m.

ABC placed second, with "My Gen" not doing any favors for "Grey's Anatomy" (12.2 million, 4.4), down 19%, and "Private Practice" (8 million, 2.9) down 9%.

Third-place NBC had "Community" (4.5 million, 1.9) slumping 14%. "30 Rock" (5.7 million, 2.6) should get some sort of prize for being the only major scripted show to not decrease in the ratings, perhaps taking some viewers from "$#*!" this week. "The Office" (7.3 million, 3.7) was down 16%. At 10 p.m., the civilian edition of "The Apprentice" (3.7 million, 1.4) is giving NBC a headache, and unchanged from last week.

Fox was in fourth, with "Bones" (9.6 million, 2.5) and "Fringe" (5.4 million, 1.9) falling less than most, 7-10%, yet also rating lower than most.

On the CW, "Vampire Diaries" (3.2 million, 1.5) and "Nikita" (2.7 million, 1.0) both dropped a tenth. 

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