9:12am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Rob' Gives CBS a Huge Premiere, Fox's 'Finder' Loses Much of 'Bones' Lead-in
CBS has got to be pleased with the first outing for Rob. The self-titled sitcom from Rob Schneider premiered with a 4.1 rating among 18-49-year-olds. It was a 21 percent drop from its Big Bang Theory lead-in (5.2 rating), the night's perennial victor, but it still helped give the network a 3.5 rating in the key demo for the night and an average audience of 14.3 million.
Elsewhere on the Eye, Person of Interest grew 14 percent from its last original to a 3.2 among adults 18-49, with The Mentalist flat with its recent 2.7.
Though all three broadcasts -- Wipeout (2.2 rating among adults 18-49), Grey's Anatomy (3.8), Private Practice (2.4) -- were down double digits, ABC still managed second for the night with a 2.8 rating in the key demo and 8.1 million viewers.
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Fox is likely curious to see how much better The Finder will perform when it adds an American Idol lead-in next week. The crowd watching its parent series Bones (even with its recent 2.4 in 18-49-ers) didn't all stick around, giving the freshman drama a 1.7 in the demo. It was the first Fox drama to debut on a Thursday in six and a half years. The net averaged 2.0 rating and 7 million viewers.
On NBC, the newly rejiggered line-up saw the midseason addition of 30 Rock. The comedy earned a 1.8 among adults 18-49, down from its previous season's premiere but up from the time slot's past three months. Parks and Recreation added 6 percent for a 1.9 in the demo, followed by an even Office (2.9) and Up All Night getting a slight boost from it's previous Wednesday home for a 2.0.
The Firm fell another 30 percent from its Thursday premiere, pulling in a 1.0 in adults 18-49. NBC averaged a 1.8 rating in the demo and 4.5 million viewers.
On The CW, a new outing from The Vampire Diaries was down two tenths to a 1.2 in adults 18-49, with The Secret Circle even with last week's 0.8 in the group. The net brought in 1.0 in adults 18-49 for the night, with 2.4 million viewers.
Thursday, Jan. 12, Overnight Ratings:
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (15.9 million viewers, 5.2 rating among adults 18-49)
Fox: Bones (8.6 million, 2.4)
ABC: Wipeout (7.1 million, 2.2)
NBC: 30 Rock (4.6 million, 1.8)
The CW: The Vampire Diaries (2.8 million, 1.2)
CBS: Rob (series premiere) (13.5 million, 4.1)
ABC: Parks and Recreation (4.1 million, 1.9)
ABC: Grey's Anatomy (10.6 million, 3.8)
CBS: Person of Interest (14.7 million, 3.2)
NBC: The Office (5.9 million, 2.9)
FOX: The Finder (series premiere) (5.5 million, 1.7)
The CW: The Secret Circle (2.1 million, 0.8)
NBC: Up All Night (4.3 million, 2.0)
CBS: The Mentalist (13.4 million, 2.7)
ABC: Private Practice (6.7 million, 2.4)
NBC: The Firm (4.2 million, 1.0)