Another week of dropping ratings for the "X Factor" results show knocked FOX out of its position as Thursday leader among young viewers, as "The Big Bang Theory
" led CBS to Thursday wins overall and in the all-important demographic.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.1 rating, beating FOX's 2.8 rating in the key demographic for the evening. ABC was third with a 2.1 rating, followed by NBC's 1.7 rating and then a big drop to The CW's 0.8 rating.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 12.21 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share for primetime, far ahead of the 9.14 million viewers and 5.6/8 for FOX. ABC was far back in third with a 5.3/8 and 7.46 million viewers, comfortably in front of NBC's 4.295 million viewers and a 2.8/4. The CW averaged a 1.6/3 and 2.58 million viewers.
[Univision averaged 3.68 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 for Thursday night.]
8 p.m. -
CBS started primetime in first with "The Big Bang Theory" (14.83 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49) and "Rules of Engagement" (11.04 million and a 3.6 key demo rating). FOX's "The X Factor
" was second with 9.455 million viewers and a 3.0 key demo rating. ABC's "20/20," featuring Katie Couric's focus on Regis Philbin, averaged 8.04 million viewers for third and a 1.5 key demo rating. NBC was fourth with "Community
" (3.63 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating) and "Parks and Recreation
" (3.71 million and a 2.0 key demo rating. [Note that "Community" was up a whopping 0.1 key demo points and nearly 200,000 viewers from last week. You may choose how excited to get about that.] The CW's airing of the film "Beneath the Blue" averaged 2.39 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating, though more than a little of that ("most," even) was actually for Thursday NFL coverage on CW affiliates.
9 p.m. -
CBS' "Person of Interest" won the 9 p.m. hour overall with nearly 11.6 million viewers, coming in second with a 2.6 key demo rating. FOX's "Bones
" averaged 8.82 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49. The first hour of ABC's "Private Practice
" averaged 7.19 million viewers and a 2.4 key demo rating. NBC's "The Office
" (5.55 million viewers and a 2.9 key demo rating) and "Whitney" (4.09 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating) were both on the low side. The CW's movie (and The CW's football coverage) averaged 2.77 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "The Mentalist" capped CBS' primetime sweep with 12.09 million viewers and finished a close second with a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Private Practice" averaged 7.145 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating. NBC's "Prime Suspect" averaged only 4.39 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.