On Fox, The X Factor’s second Thursday outing scored a 3.8 3.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% from last Thursday’s premiere, but that was still enough to put Fox on top the night’s adults 18-49 ratings race. Update: Fox got Nielsen to come out early with time zone adjusted ratings which adjusted X-Factor up to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. I will have the rest of the final ratings in a post later this afternoon.

CBS’s The Big Bang Theory’s 4.8 adults 18-49 rating was down just a tenth (2%) from last week’s premiere. The series premiere of How To Be A Gentleman registered just a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating (for comparison, last season $#*! My Dad Says started with a 4.0). Our polled readers turned out to be optimistic. Person of Interest drew a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating down 13% from last week’s series premiere. 3.1. The Mentalist’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating was down 11% from its premiere.

ABC’s Charlie’s Angels 1.5 adults 18-49 rating was down 29% from last week’s premiere. Grey’s Anatomy dropped to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 15% from last week’s 2 hour premiere. The Private Practice season premiere drew a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 15% from last Fall’s premiere.

NBC’s Community drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 6% vs. last week’s premiere. Parks & Recreation’s 2.1 rating was even with last week’s premiere. The Office dipped 13% from its premiere to a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. While Whitney slid 24% to a 2.5 rating. Prime Suspect’s 1.5 adults 18-49 rating was down 17% from its premiere last week.

CW’s The Vampire Diaries rose to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 8% from last week. The Vampire Diaries overwhelmed ABC’s lagging Charlie’s Angels among adults 18-34 (1.4 vs. 1.0 rating) The Secret Circle’s 0.9 adults 18-49 rating was even with last week.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 29, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.8 15 14.545
FOX The X Factor (8-10p) 3.9 10 12.2
NBC Community 1.8 5 4.045
ABC Charlie’s Angels 1.5 4 7.154
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.3 4 2.704
8:30PM CBS How To Be A Gentleman (premiere) 2.7 8 8.959
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.1 6 4.36
9:00PM ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.5 9 10.017
NBC The Office 3.4 9 6.601
CBS Person Of Interest 2.7 7 12.419
CW The Secret Circle 0.9 2 2.095
9:30PM NBC Whitney 2.5 6 5.374
10:00PM ABC Private Practice (premiere) 2.8 8 7.892
CBS The Mentalist 2.5 7 12.708
NBC Prime Suspect 1.5 4 5.553

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,” 2.7/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.4/8; 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,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.7/4; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/3). 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 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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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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