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CBS won the night edging out ABC with adults 18-49 and easily winning the night with total viewers.  ABC was tops with adults 18-34.

On a night where most shows were up vs. the previous week only NBC’s  Community, 30 Rock and The Apprentice were down vs. the previous week.

All CBS shows were up versus last week with adults 18-49 with Big Bang Theory up 2%, $#*! My Dad Says up 7%, CSI up 11% and The Mentalist up 7%.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving improved the 8pm hour for ABC versus reruns of Grey’s Anatomy with the holiday Classic pulling a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49.  Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was up year to year by nearly 1.0 million viewers and by 10% in Adults 18-49 (on 11/26/09).

Grey’s Anatomy was up 8% versus last week to a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating and Private Practice was flat at a 2.9 rating.

Bones was up 4% to a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 and Fringe was up 12%.  I’m not sure that’s great news for Fringe, but up is better than down, and if you believe (I don’t) there is some kind of ratings steel cage match between Human Target and Fringe, barring any downward adjustment in the finals, Fringe held a slight edge. If you throw (and you probably should) Lie to Me into the cage, it also had a 1.9 rating this week.

Things weren’t as good for NBC at 8pm or 10pm where Community was down 5% with adults 18-49 versus last week and 30 Rock was down 4%.  The Apprentice dropped 14% to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Things were a little brighter at 9pm with The Office up 3% to a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating and Outsourced up 4% to a 2.7.

Note: The NFL Network’s Bears/Dolphins game aired locally on the CW affiliates in Chicago and Miami last night.  Those are big enough markets that CW aired repeats last night rather than originals.  CW will also air repeats next Thursday (Thanksgiving).  Original episodes of The Vampire Diaries and Nikita return on December 2.  Expect the numbers for last night’s repeats to be adjusted down, perhaps by a lot, in the finals once the NFL game viewing is backed out for the  Chicago and Miami markets.

Late night results below the primetime ratings table.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 18, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Bang Theory 4.3/13 13.10
FOX Bones 2.7/8 9.41
ABC Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (R) 2.2/6 7.44
NBC Community 1.9/6 4.40
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 1.1/3 3.14
8:30 CBS X $#*! My Dad Says 3.1/9 10.28
NBC 30 Rock 2.3/6 5.16
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.3/11 11.40
NBC The Office 3.7/10 7.24
CBS CSI 3.1/8 14.16
FOX Fringe 1.9/5 4.93
CW Nikita (R) 1.1/3 3.29
9:30 NBC Outsourced 2.7/7 5.49
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 3.0/9 14.66
ABC Private Practice 2.9/9 8.10
NBC The Apprentice 1.2/3 3.57

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,” 3.3/8; 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,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) tied 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 0.8/4 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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NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day DVR viewing” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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