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Against an all-repeat ABC line up, CBS won every hour and dominated the night’s adult 18-49 ratings. Both CBS and NBC were buoyed on Thursday by no ABC original competition.

Note: The NBC affiliate carried NFL football in the Cleveland market and the CBS affiliate carried the game in Pittsburgh. Those ratings will be removed from these numbers in the final ratings, so the preliminary numbers for NBC and CBS shows are subject to more than the typical revisions, likely downwards.

Update: The ratings for the entire NBC and CBS lineups fell, as expected, when the final results for Thursday were released, see the final numbers here.

CBS‘ entire line up increased from its last original airings, Survivior: Samoa was up 10%, CSI was up 17% (vs. 11/19), and The Mentalist was up 3%.

NBC also got nice boosts vs. ABC repeats, Community was up 5% vs. last week (ties best rating at 8pm) , Parks & Recreation was up 10% (season high 18-49 rating), The Office was up 7%, 30 Rock was up 17% (season high 18-49 rating), and The Jay Leno Show was up 27% from last Thursday (highest Thursday since September 17). The folks with Leno Rage are likely fuming this morning, as Jay, as expected, crushed a repeat of Private Practice.

Bones was up 7% from last week to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating which was a season high. Fringe slipped back 0.2 ratings points from last week to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, which is still slightly above its season average of 2.2.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Thursday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (1.1/5 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS’s Late Show (1.1/5) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.6/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS’s Late Late Show (0.6/4).
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor:Samoa 4.3 12 13.803
FOX Bones 3.1 9 10.830
NBC Community 2.3 7 5.982
ABC FlashForward (repeat) 1.0 3 3.952
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.8 2 1.854
8:30 NBC Parks & Recreation 2.3 6 5.617
9:00 NBC The Office 4.4 12 9.243
CBS CSI 4.1 11 17.106
FOX Fringe 2.3 6 6.325
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 1.4 4 4.869
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.7 2 1.420
9:30 NBC 30 Rock 3.5 9 7.540
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 3.8 11 16.917
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.9 5 5.771
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 1.2 3 3.912

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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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