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Ratings: CBS and ABC battle it out

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CBS grabbed its rating win back from ABC’s clutches this week with some fall-off from last week’s FlashForward premiere: The new drama lost a little over a million viewers, but still thoroughly topped the rest of its competition. Parks and Recreation and Fringe both notched modest increases over last week, and Private Practice returned for a strong premiere, but couldn’t come close to catching The Mentalist.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. Survivor: Samoa (CBS)

FlashForward (ABC)

Bones (Fox)

SNL Weekend Update Thursday (NBC)

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

11.7

10.8

9.0

5.1

3.5

8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation 4.6
9:00 p.m. CSI (CBS)

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

The Office (NBC)

Fringe (Fox)

Supernatural (The CW)

15.6

15.4

7.3

6.2

2.6

9:30 p.m. Community (NBC) 5.8
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)

Private Practice (ABC)

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

15.2

11.5

5.0

Source: Nielsen