Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 18, 2010.
"The Mentalist" ruled as Thursday's most-watched program, while "The Big Bang Theory" tied for the top slot in the important young-adult demos, helping CBS win the night in both measures.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.3 rating, nipping the 3.1 rating for ABC in the coveted demographic. FOX's 2.3 rating and the 2.2 rating for NBC were close behind. The CW was fifth with a 1.1 rating.
Overall, CBS was in complete control with an estimated 13.5 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/14 share. ABC was second with a 5.7/9 and 8.98 million viewers. FOX's 4.4/7 and 7.17 million finished third, topping the 3.0/5 and 4.904 million viewers for NBC. The CW's 2.0/3 and 3.21 million viewers finished fifth.
[Note: Before you start being amazed at the strong performance by CW repeats, the netlet's regular programming was preempted in both Miami and Chicago for NFL coverage.]
8 p.m. -- CBS started the night in first with "The Big Bang Theory" (13.095 million viewers and a 4.3 demo rating) and "$#*! My Dad Says" (10.28 million viewers and a 3.1 demo). FOX's "Bones" was second with 9.4 million viewers and a 2.7 demo rating, both up from last week. ABC's "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" was third with 7.44 million viewers and a 2.2 demo rating, far better than ABC's normal numbers in this time slot. NBC's "Community" (4.4 million and a 1.9 demo) and "30 Rock" (5.16 million and a 2.3 demo) came in fourth. The CW's inflated "Vampire Diaries" repeat averaged 3.135 million viewers.
9 p.m. -- "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" helped CBS stay in first overall in the 9 p.m. hour with 14.16 million viewers, though the procedural was third for the hour in the key demo. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was second overall with 11.4 million viewers and a first in the demo with a 4.3 rating. NBC's "The Office" (7.24 million viewers and a 3.7 demo) and "Outsourced" (5.49 million viewers and a 2.7 demo) were third. FOX's "Fringe" averaged 4.93 million viewers and a 1.9 demo rating in fourth. The CW's football-inflated "Nikita" repeat was fifth.
10 p.m. -- "The Mentalist" averaged 14.66 million viewers to win the 10 p.m. hour overall and also won the hour in the key demo with a 3.0 rating, ending ABC's two-week streak on top with young viewers. "Private Practice" gave ABC 8.095 million viewers and a 2.9 demo rating. After a couple weeks of minor increases, NBC's "The Apprentice" drooped to 3.57 million viewers in third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.