Fox won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers. The X Factor’s 3.1 adults 18-49 rating was even with its last Thursday original.  Bones‘ 2.8 adults 18-49 rating was up a tenth versus its last original (though even with its fast national rating, Bones wound up being adjusted down a tenth in the finals two weeks ago). Steady is good, particularly entering the holiday season though two weeks ago, CBS wasn’t in repeats so some might have been looking for more from Fox last night.

ABC took second place for the night with the classic Santa Claus Is Coming to Town which pulled a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and a CMA Country Christmas special that drew a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating across its two hours and was up 50% year-to-year with adults 18-49.

CBS took third place with adults 18-49 with a night of repeats.

NBC’s  Community was up a tenth to a 1.7 adults 187-49 rating, but Parks & Recreation was down two tenths to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. The Office and Whitney were both even vs. their last originals with 2.9 and 1.9 adults 18-49 ratings respectively. But against repeats & specials Prime Suspect was up two tenths to a still tiny 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 1, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor 3.1/9 10.20
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 2.9/9 10.45
ABC Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (R) 2.2/6 7.24
NBC Community 1.7/5 3.92
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.4/1 1.11
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (R) 2.2/6 8.08
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.8/5 3.72
9:00 NBC The Office 2.9/8 5.74
FOX Bones 2.8/7 8.82
ABC CMA Country Christmas 2.2/6 9.26
CBS Person of Interest (R) 1.6/4 8.08
CW The Secret Circle (R) 0.4/1 0.86
9:30 NBC Whitney 1.9/5 4.02
10:00 ABC CMA Country Christmas 2.0/5 8.75
CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.6/4 7.89
NBC Prime Suspect 1.3/4 4.63

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,” 3.0/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.4/8; 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,” 0.7/3 with an encore; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/2.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).
  • 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.

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

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