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The first hour at NBC had a big rise, the last hour didn’t. Community was up 16% vs. last week to a 2.2 adults 18-49 ratings, trying to put a little more distance between it and the cancellation bear. The bi-coastally Live episode of 30 Rock was way up (43%) vs. last week to a season high 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, and its best rating since 12/10/09. The Office was up 6% to a 3.7 rating, while Outsourced was even with last week’s 2.5 rating tieing a season low. The Apprentice’s 1.3 rating was also even with last week’s preliminary ratings which also tied a series low.

ABC was close to even with last week, but Grey’s Anatomy’s 2% drop to a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating hit another series low for a Fall original episode. While Private Practice was up 3% vs. last week to a 3.0 rating.

The news was mostly positive at CBS. While Big Bang Theory’s 4.1 adults 18-49 rating was even with last week, $#*! My Dad Says was up 7% to a 3.1 rating. CSI bounced back  (+15%) to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating from its series original low last week. The Mentalist was up 10% to a 3.3 rating.

On Fox, Bones scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. While Fringe was down 5% vs. last week to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS topped the night’s adults 18-49 ratings that advertisers pay for, as well as the average viewership that press release writers pray for.

Why is the CW in repeats already? This is why.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 14, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.1 13 12.473
FOX Bones 2.6 8 9.163
NBC Community 2.2 7 4.804
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 1.0 3 3.993
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.9 3 2.113
8:30 CBS $#*! My Dad Says 3.1 9 10.141
NBC 30 Rock 3.0 9 6.671
FOX Bones 2.6 8 9.805
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 1.2 4 4.354
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.8 3 1.908
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.4 12 11.903
NBC The Office 3.7 10 7.308
CBS CSI 3.0 8 13.787
FOX Fringe 2.0 5 5.422
CW Nikita (repeat) 0.6 2 1.735
9:30 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.6 12 12.048
CBS CSI 3.2 9 14.734
NBC Outsourced 2.5 7 5.416
FOX Fringe 1.9 5 5.115
CW Nikita (repeat) 0.6 2 1.674
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 3.3 9 15.255
ABC Private Practice 3.2 9 8.711
NBC The Apprentice 1.3 4 3.644
10:30 CBS The Mentalist 3.2 10 14.791
ABC Private Practice 2.9 9 7.818
NBC The Apprentice 1.3 4 3.803

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.7/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.0/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.3/8; 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,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.3/6; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.8/4.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/6). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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