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CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers, though if ABC had any success at 8pm and aired something besides a Grey’s Anatomy rerun, who knows?

Both The Big Bang Theory and $#*! My Dad Says were up 10% week over week, and The Big Bang Theory’s 4.6 adults 18-49 rating was tops for the night (Eliza Dushku and high ratings!).   These were the best 18-49 ratings for both shows since the season premieres.  CSI was flat week over week and The Mentalist was down 9% to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, typing its season low.

Private Practice was up a ginormous 44% with adults 18-49 to a 3.9 rating, a season high and its best numbers since last January.   Grey’s Anatomy was up 10% as well.  Update: commenter “Forg” notes that the 3.9 adults 18-49 rating for Private Practice is the highest for any other 10pm broadcast show this season, tying the premiere of Hawaii Five-0.

Community was down 21% from its last original to a 1.9 but last week it aired at 8:30pm and had the Scared Shrekless lead-in which pushed Community to a season high. The drop just takes it back down exactly to where it was the last time it aired at 8pm two weeks ago.  30 Rock was up 9% from its last original two weeks ago to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. The Office was down 7% to a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Outsourced was flat week over week with a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49, and The Apprentice was flat with another 1.4 adults 18-49 rating,

After a baseball hiatus Bones & Fringe returned – their last original telecasts were on October 14.  Bones was mostly flat from its last original, down 4% with adults 18-49 to a 2.5 rating.  Fringe was down 10% to a season low 1.8 rating.

Both The Vampire Diaries and Nikita were down 0.1 with adults 18-49 vs. last week’s finals.  The Vampire Diaries was also down 0.1 with women 18-34 to a 2.5 rating, while was Nikita was unchanged in that demo (albeit at a low 1.1 rating).

Late night results below the primetime ratings table.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 4, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Bang Theory 4.6/14 13.88
FOX Bones 2.5/7 9.10
NBC Community 1.9/6 4.57
CW Vampire Diaries 1.6/5 3.56
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (R) 1.2/3 4.39
8:30 CBS $#*! My Dad Says 3.4/10 10.94
NBC 30 Rock 2.4/7 5.29
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.3/11 11.67
NBC The Office 3.7/10 7.61
CBS CSI 3.3/9 13.87
FOX Fringe 1.8/5 4.97
CW Nikita 0.9/2 2.46
9:30 NBC Outsourced 2.7/7 5.78
10:00 ABC Private Practice 3.9/11 10.20
CBS The Mentalist 2.9/8 14.27
NBC The Apprentice 1.4/4 4.02

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,” 3.0/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.6/9; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.5/8; 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,” 1.0/4; “Nightline,” 1.3/5; 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” (1.7/6). 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 0.8/3 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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