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TV Ratings Thursday: 'X Factor,' 'Bones,' 'Big Bang,' 'Community,' 'Parks' Decline; 'Person Of Interest' & 'Mentalist' Rise, But...

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December 9th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC ABC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 2.8/8 1.9/5 1.7/5 1.4/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/5 2.0/6 2.0/6 1.3/4 1.6/5 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.291 9.474 4.233 5.965 3.245 1.059

The X Factor dropped a tenth of a point (3%) vs. last week to a 3.0  adults 18-49 ratingBones' 2.7 adults 18-49 rating was also down a tenth of a point vs. last week. Note that the local broadcast of the Browns/Steelers game was on the FOX affiliate in Cleveland, so these results are more likely than typical to be adjusted down.

ABC is already into the holiday season, as a special episode of Wipeout drew a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. America's Funniest Home Videos also had a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. The special The Great Big American Auction had just a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Back after two weeks of repeats, CBS The Big Bang Theory dipped 11% to a 4.7 adults 18-49 rating. Rules of Engagement down 11% vs. 3 weeks ago to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, a season low. Person Of Interest went the other way, rising 15% (vs. three weeks ago) to a 3.0 adults 18-49, the best rating since the premiere. The Mentalist had a season high 3.0 adults 18-49, up 25% vs. its last new episode. Note that the local broadcast of the Browns/Steelers game was on the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, so these results are more likely than typical to be adjusted down.

The special Thursday episode of Grimm got no ratings bump, as its 1.6 adults 18-49 rating was equal to its last Friday's season low rating. Although NBC is quick to point out how much better that was than recent (unnamed) residents of that same timeslot! Community dropped two tenths vs. last week to a 1.5 adults 187-49 rating. Parks & Recreation was down a tenth from last week to a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. The Office missed the downdraft, it was even with last week's season low 2.9 adults 18-49. Whitney was also even with last week's season low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 8, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.7 14 14.424
FOX The X Factor 3.0 8 9.943
ABC Wipeout (special) 1.9 5 6.632
NBC Community 1.5 4 3.616
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.4 1 1.245
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8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement 3.2 9 10.956
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.7 5 3.659
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9:00PM CBS Person Of Interest 3.0 8 13.434
NBC The Office 2.9 8 5.797
FOX Bones 2.7 7 9.005
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.9 5 6.485
CW The Secret Circle -R 0.3 1 0.873
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9:30PM NBC Whitney 1.9 5 4.137
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10:00PM CBS The Mentalist 3.0 8 13.749
NBC Grimm 1.6 4 4.095
ABC The Great Big American Auction 1.4 4 4.779

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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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.1/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.9/4; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "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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