Fox won the night with adults 18-49 and  CBS with total viewers.  Pending adjustments, Fox’s The X Factor results dropped four tenths from last week to a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and against the fall finale of Grey’s AnatomyBones fell six tenths from last week’s premiere to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

The Big Bang Theory was off two tenths from last week to a 5.2 adults 18-49 rating and Rules of Engagement was down a tenth to a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Against a rerun of Person of Interest, Grey’s Anatomy was up four tenths in its fall finale to a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. Private Practice, also against a CBS repeat was up three tenths to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC’s Community was down two tenths from last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and Parks & Recreation fell three tenths to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. The Office was down two tenths to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating but Whitney was steady with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Prime Suspect was also steady, albeit at an anemic 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

The CW’s The Vampire Diaries was off two tenths with adults 18-49 to a 1.4 rating and The Secret Circle was down a tenth to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Still, it was The Vampire Diaries second most watched episode of the season and it was steady versus last week with women 18-34 (2.1 rating).

Was it the premiere of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network?

I’m sure several will ask why CBS was running repeats during “November Sweeps?”  Sweeps haven’t seemed to mean anything on a national level for a while (though we hear they’re still a big deal in terms of setting local advertising). Ultimately most shows have only 22 episodes and the networks have about 36 weeks to work with.  Maybe it was a case of “we have to have repeats somewhere, regardless might as well take the first night of Thursday Night Football off, we might win the broadcast night anyway.” And it was pretty close. In fact, even with the repeat of Person of Interest, between 8-10pm CBS beat Fox head-to-head. The extra hour between 10-11 (of a repeat) took CBS’s average down further but between 8-10p it edged Fox (3.2 vs. 3.0) with adults 18-49.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 10, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.2/15 15.66
FOX The X Factor 3.3/9 10.20
NBC Community 1.5/4 3.47
CW Vampire Diaries 1.4/4 3.33
ABC Charlie’s Angels 1.1/3 5.13
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 3.6/9 11.78
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.8/5 3.59
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.0/10 11.17
NBC The Office 3.0/7 5.88
FOX Bones 2.7/7 8.83
CBS Person of Interest (R) 2.0/5 9.10
CW The Secret Circle 0.8/2 2.16
9:30 NBC Whitney 2.1/5 4.30
10:00 ABC Private Practice 2.9/8 7.67
CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.9/5 10.01
NBC Prime Suspect 1.2/3 4.81

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,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.9/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.3/8; 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,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/4; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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