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[11/19/10 - 08:41 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "CSI" Surges in CBS Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, november 18, 2010)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (13.50 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.09 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.3, #T1), "Bleep My Dad Says" (10.28 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #5), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (14.16 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4) and "The Mentalist" (14.66 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T6).

ABC (8.98 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) then claimed a competitive second place with its mix of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (7.44 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #11), "Grey's Anatomy" (11.40 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.3, #T1) and "Private Practice" (8.10 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (7.17 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) with fresh installments of "Bones" (9.41 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T8) and "Fringe" (4.93 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.90 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) served up its combination of "Community" (4.40 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T12), "30 Rock" (5.16 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.3, #10), "The Office" (7.24 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 3.7, #3), "Outsourced" (5.49 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T8) and "The Apprentice" (3.57 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (3.13 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T15) and "Nikita" (3.29 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T15) on The CW (3.21 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (14.30%), Bleep My Dad Says (10.70%), Bones (8.00%), Grey's Anatomy (7.50%), The Mentalist (7.10%), Private Practice (3.40%), The Big Bang Theory (2.40%), Fringe (0.00%), The Office (-2.60%), Outsourced (-3.60%), Community (-9.50%), 30 Rock (-11.50%), The Apprentice (-25.00%).

In late-night metered market ratings, ABC's "Nightline" (3.3/8) and NBC's "Leno" (3.3/8) split top honors over CBS's "Letterman" (3.0/8). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.6/5) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.5/6) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.5/5) and "Daly" (0.8/4) on NBC.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/19/09):

CBS (14.35 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) held off the competition on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Survivor: Samoa" (12.31 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (14.95 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #5) and "The Mentalist" (15.79 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2).

The silver then went to ABC (10.32 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) with fresh installments of "FlashForward" (8.01 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #9), "Grey's Anatomy" (13.96 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) and "Private Practice" (8.99 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.2, #6).

Next up was FOX (7.87 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) with new episodes of "Bones" (9.85 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #8) and "Fringe" (5.89 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.43 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) offered up its mix of "Community" (5.06 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T10), "Parks & Recreation" (4.61 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T10), "The Office" (7.43 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.7, #4), "30 Rock" (5.86 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.9, #7) and "The Jay Leno Show" (4.82 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #14).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (3.72 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.7, #13) and "Supernatural" (2.74 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #15) on The CW (3.23 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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