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Ratings: Rob Astounds in Its Debut; The Finder Gets Lost in the Shuffle

The Animal and Deuce Bigelow fans, unite! Rob Schneider's new sitcom delivered astounding numbers, both in viewership and within the industry-standard 18-to-49 demo, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

Douglas J Rowe

The Animal and Deuce Bigelow fans, unite! Rob Schneider's new sitcom delivered astounding numbers, both in viewership and within the industry-standard 18-to-49 demo, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

"Muy bueno!" CBS crowed, noting that Robdelivered the biggest audience and demo rating in the time period since May 2010. Helping, of course, was The Big Bang Theory'sbiglead-in.

Following the two comedies, Person of Interestposted series highs in all measures.

Consequently, NBC's quartet of sitcoms got stomped. The return of 30 Rockwas met with a demo rating 31 percent lower than last year's debut. The good news? Parks and Recreationrose 13 percent, while The Officedemo was even and Up All Night up 5 percent vs. their respective previous first-run outings. Worst of all, The Firm— which got off to the worst start ever for an NBC regular-season drama on Sunday — did even worse the second time (in what was planned to be its regular Thursday time slot), plummeting some 30 percent.

Relatively lost amidst all this: The Finder, which premiered weakly in prime time's middle hour. But, next week, it follows American Idol.

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8 p.m.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory15.93 million viewers (5.2 demo rating); Rob13.48 million (4.1)
ABC: Wipeout7.13 million (2.2)
Fox: Bones8.63 million (2.4)
NBC: 30 Rock4.57 million (1.8); Parks and Recreation 4.10 million (1.9)
CW: The Vampire Diaries2.81 million(0.9)

9 p.m.
CBS: Person of Interest14.73 million viewers (3.2 demo rating)
ABC: Grey's Anatomy10.59 million (3.8)
NBC: The Office5.87 million (2.9);Up All Night4.28 million (2.0)
Fox: The Finder5.45 million (1.7)
CW: The Secret Circle2.06 million (1.2)

10 p.m.
CBS: The Mentalist13.39 million viewers (2.7 demo rating)
ABC: Private Practice6.70 million (2.4)
NBC: The Firm4.24 million (1.0)