ABC was all new on Thursday night, and like Wednesday, easily lead the night’s adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership.

Wipeout drew a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating way up from its special airing on December 8 which scored a 1.9 rating, but it was 26% lower than the premiere on 1/6/11, and its lowest rated premiere ever. After being off for eight weeks, Grey’s Anatomy returned to a new season high 4.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 10% vs. a 4.1 rating in early November. With just one fewer week away, a new Private Practice episode scored a season high matching 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 8% vs. a 2.6 rating in mid-November.

The CW was also all new on the night for the first time in eight weeks, and The Vampire Diaries had a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating dead even with its last new episode’s 1.4 rating on 11/10/11. The Secret Circle’s 0.8 adults 18-49 rating was even with its series low in its last new episode on 11/10/11.

NBC, Fox and CBS were all repeat on the night.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 5, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 3.5 10 11.609
ABC Wipeout 2.8 8 8.536
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.4 4 3.195
FOX Bones -R 1.2 3 4.829
NBC Community -R 0.8 2 2.639
8:30PM CBS Rules Of Engagement -R 2.6 7 8.694
NBC Parks & Recreation -R 0.9 2 2.358
9:00PM ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.5 11 12.037
CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.9 5 8.708
NBC The Office -R 1.1 3 2.608
FOX Bones -R 1.1 3 4.296
CW The Secret Circle 0.8 2 2.062
9:30PM NBC Whitney -R 0.9 2 2.250
10:00PM ABC Private Practice 2.8 7 7.818
CBS The Mentalist -R 1.9 5 9.164
NBC The Office -R 0.7 2 1.833
10:30PM NBC Up All Night -R 0.7 2 1.862

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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,” 2.4/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.1/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). 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 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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