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TV Ratings Thursday: 'Bones' Returns Bigger; 'Big Bang Theory' Tops Night; All NBC Shows Rise; 'Grey's' Down, 'Private Practice' Up

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November 4th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.4/9 3.3/9 2.4/6 1.9/5 1.3/4 1.2/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.8/9 2.1/6 1.9/6 2.0/6 1.6/5 1.2/4
Total Viewers (million) 10.647 12.941 7.133 4.521 3.124 2.803

FOX edged out CBS for the night with adults 18-49 and CBS won with total viewers. With the World Series out of the way most shows were up versus last week.  The X Factors' first ever results show drew a 3.6 rating at 8pm. Bones returned up with a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating in its season premiere. That was better than the 3.2 for the May finale (and 35% of those polled got it right), 22% better than last season's premiere and the best premiere numbers since season 4 in September 2008.  Update: in time zone adjusted fast nationals, The X Factor was adjusted up to a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating. No adjustment for Bones. With the adjustment The X Factor was even with adults 18-49 compared to its last Thursday telecast (which was 2 hours) on October 13 and up 6% versus just the 8-9p hour.

The Big Bang Theory averaged a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating, matching a Thursday high.  Rules of Enagement saw a Thursday high 3.7 with adults 18-49 and also hit highs with total viewers. The Mentalist had its best adults 18-49 ratings since April with a 2.9 rating. Person Of Interest was steady with a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

The canceled but still on the air Charlies Angels drew a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating and was steady versus its last original two weeks ago, albeit tied at a series low. Grey's Anatomy dropped two tenths to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, but Private Practice was up two tenths to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

The entire NBC lineup was up versus last week. Community was up 21% to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, it's best since September 29. Parks & Recreation was up 11% to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, The Office was up 7% to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, Whitney was up 5% to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating and Prime Suspect was up 9% to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

CW's The Vampire Diaries was steady, but matched a season high with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Secret Circle was steady with a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 3, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.1/15 15.49
FOX The X Factor 3.6/10 11.28
NBC Community 1.7/5 3.87
CW Vampire Diaries 1.5/4 3.34
ABC Charlie's Angels 1.2/3 5.38
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 3.7/10 11.90
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.0/6 3.94
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.5/9 9.26
FOX Bones (Season Premiere) 3.3/8 10.02
NBC The Office 3.1/8 6.05
CBS Person Of Interest 2.7/7 11.66
CW The Secret Circle 0.9/2 2.27
9:30 NBC Whitney 2.1/5 4.33
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.9/8 13.46
ABC Private Practice 2.6/7 6.76
NBC Prime Suspect 1.2/3 4.47

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.1/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day DVR viewing" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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