"The X Factor
" and a solid return for "Bones" helped FOX narrowly hold onto its place atop Thursday night with young viewers, while "The Big Bang Theory
" and "The Mentalist
" helped bookend an easy overall Thursday win for CBS.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.4 rating for the night, nipping the 3.3 rating for CBS in the key demographic. ABC finished third on the night with a 2.4 rating, followed by NBC's 1.9 rating. The CW averaged a 1.2 rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 12.94 million viewers and an 8.0 rating/13 share for the night, easily topping the 6.3/10 and 10.65 million viewers for FOX. There was a drop to ABC's 4.9/8 and 7.13 million viewers and then to NBC's 2.9/5 and 4.52 million. The CW averaged 2.8 million viewers and a 1.7/3 for Thursday primetime.
[Univision averaged 3.12 million viewers and a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 for the night.]
8 p.m. -
CBS started primetime in first with a big week for "The Big Bang Theory" (15.49 million and a 5.1 key demo rating) and "Rules of Engagement" (11.9 million and a 3.7 key demo rating). FOX's "The X Factor" averaged 11.28 million viewers and a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 for second for the hour, but the results show peaked in its second half-hour and beat CBS. There was a huge drop to ABC's zombified "Charlie's Angels," which averaged 5.38 million viewers for third overall, but finished a distant fifth on the hour with a 1.2 key demo rating. NBC narrowly held onto fourth overall and third in the key demo with "Community
" (3.865 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo rating) and "Parks and Recreation
" (3.94 million and a 2.0 key demo), both up from last Thursday. The CW got a strong week from "The Vampire Diaries
," which averaged 3.38 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
"Person of Interest
" kept CBS in first overall with 11.66 million viewers, but came in third among adults 18-49 with a 2.7 rating. FOX's "Bones" was second overall with 10.02 million viewers and second in the key demo with a 3.3 rating in its return to Thursdays. "Grey's Anatomy" was third overall with 9.26 million viewers and won the hour with a 3.5 key demo rating, both down from last week. On NBC, "The Office
" (6.05 million viewers and a 3.1 key demo rating) was up from last week and "Whitney" (4.33 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating) was stable. The CW's "Secret Circle" averaged 2.27 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "The Mentalist" won the 10 p.m. hour for CBS with 13.46 million viewers and a 2.9 key demo rating. ABC's "Private Practice" was second with 6.755 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating. NBC's "Prime Suspect" added a few viewers from last week to rise to 4.47 million viewers, but remained steady-and-low with a 1.2 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.