NBC got a big 8 p.m. boost from a live "30 Rock" and a themed "Community
," but those stunts weren't enough to dethrone CBS from its position atop the key Thursday night ratings races.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.3 rating, beating out the 2.9 rating for ABC in the key demographic. NBC at least moved out of its usual fourth place position in the demo, doing a 2.4 rating to nip FOX's 2.3 rating. The CW's repeats did a 0.7 demo rating.
Overall, CBS won easily, averaging an estimated 13.53 million viewers to go with an 8.3 rating/14 share. ABC's 5.4/9 and 8.14 million viewers came in second, with FOX taking third with 7.38 million viewers and a 4.5/7. The CW was fifth with a 1.2/3 and 1.86 million viewers.
8 p.m. --
CBS' "The Big Bang Theory
" (12.47 million viewers and a 4.1 demo) and "$#*! My Dad Says" (10.14 million, 3.1 demo) controlled the 8 p.m. hour, with both shows rising from last week in the demo and "$#*!" rising in viewers. FOX's "Bones" was second overall with 9.48 million viewers and a tied for second in the demo with a 2.6 rating. NBC's "Community" (4.8 million and a 2.2 demo) and "30 Rock" (6.67 and a 3.0 demo) were both notably up, taking third overall and cumulatively tying for second in the demo. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy
" repeat was fourth with 4.17 million viewers, topping the 2.01 million viewers for The CW's "Vampire Diaries" repeat.
9 p.m. --
After plummeting to new lows last week, CBS' "CSI
: Crime Scene Investigation" got a big viewer bump to 14.26 million and finished second for the hour in the demo with a 3.1 rating. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was second overall with 11.98 million viewers and won in the demo with a 4.5 rating. NBC's "The Office
" (7.31 million, 3.7 demo) and "Outsourced
" (5.42 million, 2.5 million), were both up from last week in viewers, but while "The Office" rose in the demo, "Outsourced" was only steady. FOX's "Fringe" averaged 5.27 million viewers and a 1.9 demo rating. The CW's repeat of "Nikita" trailed.
10 p.m. --
The "CSI" bump also helped bring "The Mentalist
" to a strong 15.02 million viewers, the night's best, and an hour-winning 3.3 demo rating. ABC's "Private Practice" was second with 8.265 million viewers. And even with the rest of its lineup rising, NBC's "The Apprentice" averaged 3.72 million viewers for a distant 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.