Harper's Island premiere was 10.49 million viewers and CBS.com's biggest premiere ever...
TV Ratings: Thursday premieres for 'Southland,' 'Harper's Island' and 'Parks & Recreation'
"The premiere of CBS' "Harper's Island" won the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.7/12, topping the premiere of NBC's "Southland," which had a 6.2/11."
"NBC can be pleased that the new police drama won the hour in the 18-49 demographic with a 3.2 rating and that it improved in its second half-hour. "Harper's Island" fell at the half-hour and failed to equal the numbers "Eleventh Hour" had been drawing in the same slot, though "CSI" was also on the low side as its lead-in."
TV Ratings: 'Harper's Island' shores up CBS Thursday
Finally, CBS' ratings hat trick finished with a 6.7/12 for the debut of the murder mystery "Harper's Island" in the 10 o'clock hour.
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Ahh ratings analysis where liars figure and figures lie. 2 things to factor in 1) Private Practice was a repeat and 2) hulu had the pilot of Southland up last week. Next week's numbers will be huge. Looks like viewers bailed out a half hour into HI. Will they be back or will there be a significant drop?
More importantly to our interests is what role does HG play? Can they be instrumental in orchestrating a cult phenomenon that can increase ratings?
"At 10 p.m., two dramas launched -- Harper’s Island on CBS and Southland on NBC. Here are the results followed by the observations of note:
Harper’s Island (CBS)
Viewers: 10.49 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#2)
Viewers: 9.72 million (#2), A18-49: 3.2/ 9 (#1)
The good news for both networks, of course, was the split leadership. But Southland is a better performance and here is why.
1. Growth out of lead-in 30 Rock was 2.97 million viewers and three percent among adults 18-49.
2. Growth in the second half-hour was 540,000 viewers (9.45 to 9.99 million) and six percent among adults 18-49 (3.1/ 9 to 3.3/10).
While certainly not bad, Harper’s Island, in contrast, declined from lead-in CSI by 5.87 million viewers and 27 percent among adults 18-49. And there was a loss of audience at 10:30 p.m. of 1.20 million viewers (11.09 to 9.89 million) and 11 percent among adults 18-49 (2.8/ 8 to 2.5/ 8). That is never a good sign.
Both Harper’s Island and Southland, meanwhile, were down to some degree from recent occupants Eleventh Hour (Viewers: 12.05 million; A18-49: 3.1/ 8 season to-date, based on the final nationals) and ER (Viewers: 10.14 million; A18-49: 3.9/10). But last night’s 10 p.m. winner is Southland."