NBC’s sitcoms ‘The Office’ builds; ‘The Marriage Ref’ better than old Leno


From 8-8:30 p.m. ET, “Community” averaged a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall.  In the time period, “Community” ranked #2 among the major networks behind only a special Thursday telecast of “American Idol” in adults 18-34 (tie) and men 18-34, and in men 18-34, “Community” finished within 0.4 of a rating point of “Idol” (2.3 vs. 2.7).  Last night’s “Community” is up 12 percent versus NBC’s 18-49 average in the time period this season prior to the “Community” debut in the slot (1.9 vs. 1.7).
From 8:30-9 p.m. ET, “Parks and Recreation” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) built on its lead-in by 11 percent, and that’s despite airing opposite the concluding half hour of last night’s special Thursday edition of Fox’s “American Idol.”  “Parks and Recreation” has now retained 95 percent or more of its 18-49 lead-in with 17 of 18 original telecasts this season.  Last night’s “Parks and Recreation” is currently #2 among the major networks in the slot behind only Fox’s special Thursday edition of “American Idol” in adults 18-34 (tie) and men 18-34.   

From 9-10 p.m. ET, “The Office” (3.8/11 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) tied for #1 in the time period in adults 18-49, matching ABC’s original “Grey’s Anatomy” from 9-9:30 and besting Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares” and CBS’s “CSI.”  One week ago, “The Office” won the time period outright, marking the first time the acclaimed comedy matched or beat an original “Grey’s Anatomy” head-to-head in 18-49. 

In the highly competitive time period, “The Office” was #1 outright among the major networks in adults 18-34 and all key adult-male demos — men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

At 9:30 p.m. ET, “30 Rock” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) is currently matching its top 18-49 rating since December 10 (pending updates).  In the highly competitive time period opposite the concluding half-hours of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI” and “Kitchen Nightmares,” “30 Rock” is currently #1 among the major networks in men 18-34 and #2 in adults 18-34, women 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54. 

At 10 p.m., “The Marriage Ref” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) retained 93% of its 18-49 lead-in.  With its regular-slot debut one week earlier, “Marriage Ref” retained 69% of its lead-in from the second half-hour of a special episode of “The Office.” 

In the time period, “Marriage Ref” finished within 2 shares of the slot lead in adults 18-49, was #2 among the major networks in adults 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54 and #1 in men 18-34.
NOTE: All national and metered-market ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.  

(source: information from NBC)