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On a Thursday night when CBS and ABC shows all fell, while Fox and the CW were Even Steven, NBC’s preliminary ratings are likely inflated by a local NFL pre-emption. CBS topped the night in the important adults 18-49 ratings, as well as the press release friendly average viewership. Note that Univision beat Fox to finish fourth in the adults 18-49 ratings.

Update: The NBC affiliate in Baltimore carried the Ravens/Falcons game, so these NBC preliminary ratings are more likely than usual to be adjusted downwards. The MyNet affiliate in Atlanta carried the game.

ABC’s Thursday rating fell, as Grey’s Anatomy’s 4.0 adults 18-49 rating slipped 7% from last week, and Private Practice tumbled 26% to a 2.9 rating.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory slipped 11% vs. last week to a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating, while $#*! My Dad Says slid 18% to a 2.8 rating to a season/series low. CSI’s 2.8 rating was down 15% from last week, and The Mentalist’s 2.8 rating was 7% lower, also to a season low.

NBC bucking the CBS and ABC trend was mostly higher, as Community’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating was 5% above last week, and 30 Rock’s 2.6 rating rose 7%. The Office’s 3.8 rating was even with last week, while Outsourced’s 2.8 rating was up a tenth of a point. Even The Apprentice showed some life, rising 14% to a 1.6 rating.

Fox’s Bones was even with last week’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, as was Fringe’s 1.8 rating.

The CW’s The Vampire Diaries 2.6 rating in the CW target women 18-34 demo was even with last week, as was Nikita’s 1.1 women 18-34 rating.

Late night results below the primetime ratings table.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 11, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS THE BIG BANG THEORY 4.2 12 13.057
FOX BONES 2.5 7 8.856
NBC COMMUNITY 2.1 6 4.893
ABC GREY’S ANATOMY – R 1.0 3 4.013
8:30 CBS $#! MY DAD SAYS 2.8 8 9.709
FOX BONES 2.6 7 9.439
NBC 30 ROCK 2.6 7 5.660
ABC GREY’S ANATOMY – R 1.1 3 4.062
9:00 ABC GREY’S ANATOMY 4.0 10 11.155
NBC THE OFFICE 3.8 10 7.698
FOX FRINGE 1.8 5 5.040
CW NIKITA 0.9 2 2.381
9:30 ABC GREY’S ANATOMY 4.0 10 10.992
NBC OUTSOURCED 2.8 7 6.048
FOX FRINGE 1.7 4 4.631
CW NIKITA 0.9 2 2.280
10:00 ABC PRIVATE PRACTICE 3.1 8 8.583
CBS THE MENTALIST 2.8 8 13.811
10:30 CBS THE MENTALIST 2.8 8 13.758

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,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.2/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.5/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.8/4; “Nightline,” 1.3/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.2/4 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 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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

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