9:10am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'How to Be a Gentleman' Off to Slow Start, 'Private Practice' Down in Return
Rookie comedy How to Be a Gentleman joined in on the competition, with veteran medical series Private Practice returning for its fifth effort.
How to Be a Gentleman (9 million total viewers, 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 demographic) premiered 33 percent lower in the key demo than CBS' canceled sitcom, $#*! My Dad Says, in the time period last year. Its lead-in, The Big Bang Theory (14.5 million, 4.8), remained steady, dropping just 2 percent from its previous week and taking the titles of Thursday's highest-rated and most-watched show.
Person of Interest (12.4 million, 2.7) dipped 13 percent, with The Mentalist (12.7 million, 2.5), tops in total viewers in its 10 p.m. time slot, down 11 percent. CBS was No. 1 on the night in viewership, averaging 12.3 million in primetime, and in the demo (3.0), ranked second behind Fox.
Private Practice (7.9 million, 2.8) opened its fifth season with its lowest-rated premiere to date, down 15 percent from last year's opener. The other ABC dramas didn't fare so well either, with Charlie's Angels (7.2 million, 1.5) sinking 29 percent and Grey's Anatomy (10 million, 3.5) down 15 percent. Even so, Grey's was the highest-rated scripted series at 9 p.m.
Fox continued to perform strong with the final auditions on The X Factor (11.9 million, 3.8), retaining 98 percent of its Wednesday audience in the key demo. Fox touts that The X Factor grew in each half-hour of the telecast, from a 3.1 rating to a 4.3 rating in the final 30 minutes. The network, which recently gave a full season pickup to rookie comedy New Girl, won the night in the demo (3.8).
NBC's comedies either remained steady or sank, the only exception being Community (4 million, 1.8), up 6 percent. Parks & Recreation (4.4 million, 2.1) was on track with its premiere, while The Office (6.6 million, 3.4) and Whitney (5.4 million, 2.5) dropped 13 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Prime Suspect (5.6 million, 1.5) continues to struggle, dipping 17 percent.
The CW's The Vampire Diaries (2.7 million, 1.3) rose 17 percent among adults 18-34 to -- what the network considers its key demo -- to a 1.4 and improved 7 percent in total viewership. The Secret Circle (2.1 million, 0.9) saw an 11 percent bump in the CW's demo, posting a 1.0.