Even though it was mostly lower, CBS won its first Thursday of the season among adults 18-49 as The Big Bang Theory slipped a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 5.2 adults 18-49 rating, but Rules of Engagement rose a tenth vs. last week to a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. Person of Interest was down a tenth from its last new episode two weeks ago to a series low matching 2.6  adults 18-49 ratings. The Mentalist slipped four tenths (14%) from its last new episode two weeks ago to a season low equaling 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox’s The X Factor slid 9% from last week to a series low 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Bones’ 2.8 adults 18-49 rating was up 8% vs. last week.

At 8pm taking the timeslot of the now canceled Charlie’s Angels, 20/20 special with Regis Philbin and Katie Couric drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. A special 2 hour Private Practice fell 11% from last week’s 1 hour broadcast to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC had an up and down night, as Community rose a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, and Parks & Recreation was up 11% vs. last week to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Office dipped a tenth of a point vs. last week to a season low matching 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, and Whitney slid 10% to a series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Playing out the string, the now canceled Prime Suspect tumbled 15% to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, which tied its series low.

CW ran the movie Beneath the Blue which drew a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. The CW was pre-empted in both NY and Denver for the NFL game, so there may be significant downward adjustments in that number.

While it may well have dented the broadcast competition a bit last night, we’ll have the Thursday Night Football ratings on NFL Network at approximately 4pm Eastern with the daily cable results.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 17, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.2 15 14.831
FOX The X Factor 3.0 8 9.455
NBC Community 1.6 5 3.633
ABC 20/20 Special 1.5 4 8.038
CW Beneath the Blue (movie) 0.8 2 2.580
8:30PM CBS Rules Of Engagement 3.6 10 11.038
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.0 5 3.708
9:00PM NBC The Office 2.9 7 5.553
FOX Bones 2.8 7 8.822
CBS Person Of Interest 2.6 7 11.596
ABC Private Practice (9-11p) 2.5 7 7.166
9:30PM NBC Whitney 1.9 5 4.088
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist 2.5 7 12.089
NBC Prime Suspect 1.1 3 4.392

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,” 2.6/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.2/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.2/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 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) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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