Just before it begins an extended hiatus, ABC’s Flash Forward fell to a series low 2.2 (Update: adjusted to a 2.1 in the final ratings) rating for adults 18-49. On the flipside, Fringe hit a season high its highest rating since its season premier with 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. ABC tied repeat heavy CBS for the nightly 18-49 ratings crown. Note that the NFL Network Jets/Bills game was carried on ABC in the Buffalo market and CW in New York, so those results are subject to more than typical revisions, likely downward.

Fringe fans have reason to celebrate, absent the competition from Grey’s Anatomy and a new CSI, it had its highest rating since the season premiere, up 25% from last week. Bones was also up 7% from its last regular telecast on 11/19.

While Flash Forward crashed to a series low, the 2 hour Private Practice was up 3% from its regular 1 hour telecast on 11/19 to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Compared to their last regular telecasts on 11/19, the early NBC line up was all up. Community up 10%, Parks & Recreation up 5%, The Office up 11% and 30 Rock up 7%. Only The Jay Leno Show was down, 6%, tying its lowest Thursday rating ever.

CBS’ Survivor: Samoa was up a tenth of a ratings point from its 11/19 telecast (and, not surprisingly up 26% from its Thanksgiving telecast).

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.9 11 12.753
FOX Bones 2.9 8 9.931
ABC FlashForward 2.2 6 7.289
NBC Community 2.2 6 5.378
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.8 2 1.988
8:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 2.1 6 4.834
9:00 NBC The Office 4.1 11 8.055
ABC Private Practice 3.1 8 9.269
FOX Fringe 2.5 6 6.859
CBS CSI (repeat) 2.3 6 9.883
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.8 2 1.910
9:30 NBC 30 Rock 3.0 8 6.170
10:00 ABC Private Practice 3.4 9 9.748
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 2.6 7 10.717
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.5 4 4.728

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