TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Mentalist' score Thursday wins
CBS dominates Thursday overall, but ABC ekes out a win in the demo
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With no World Series Game Seven in sight, the networks returned to their usual Thursday night ratings form. "Grey's Anatomy" was the night's top show in the 18-49 demo and helped ABC to a win there, while "The Mentalist" was Thursday's most-watched show overall, helping CBS dominate overall.
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 3.7 rating, just ahead of the 3.5 rating for CBS. NBC's 2.4 rating, the 2.1 rating for FOX and The CW's 1.6 rating followed in a bunch.
Overall, though, CBS was in control, averaging an estimated 14.4 million viewers to go with an 8.9 rating/15 share. ABC was second with a 6.8/11 and an estimated 10.43 million viewers. FOX's 4.1/7 was good for a distant third, still better than NBC's 3.6/6 and the 2.1/3 for The CW.
The resilient "Survivor: Samoa" dominated the 8 p.m. hour with a 7.5/12 and a 3.7 rating in the key demographic. ABC's "FlashForward" slipped slightly to a 5.5/9 overall and a 2.6 rating in the demo. That was barely enough to beat FOX, which had a 5.2/8 for "Bones," along with a 2.5 rating in the demo. NBC's "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" was fourth, barely up from last week. In fifth, The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" remained strong with a 2.6/4 and 4.21 million viewers.
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" won the 9 p.m. hour overall with a 9.4/15. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" had an 8.9/14 for second, but won the hour in the demo with a 5.0 rating. NBC's "The Office" (4.8/7) and "30 Rock" (3.6/6) were third overall and tied "CSI" for second in the demo. FOX's "Fringe" returned to a 3.1/5 and a weak 1.7 demo rating. The CW's "Supernatural" in line with its season average.
CBS closed the night in first with a 9.9/17 for "The Mentalist," which had averaged 15.37 million viewers, most of any show on the night. ABC's "Private Practice" was second with a 6.1/11 and won the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 3.5 rating, though its demo-winning margin was the smallest all season. NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" was 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.