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'Rules of Engagement' returns to higher ratings

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Never the sexiest sitcom on the block, perpetual low-profile CBS comedy Rules of Engagement returned Thursday night up dramatically from its premiere last season.

Rules (11.5 million viewers, 3.7 adults 18-49 ratings) was up 32 percent from its previous Thursday debut and posted its best fall premiere number since 2007 — continuing the whole “comedy is king” fall TV ratings trend. Not bad for a show that CBS once scheduled for Saturday nights. That’s down aways from its Big Bang Theory (14.7 million, 4.9) lead-in, as one would expect. And Big Bang was up too — climbing 7 percent from last week.

Unfortunately, Rules didn’t boost new drama Person of Interest (12.3 million, 2.7) which was down a tenth of a point, while The Mentalist (12.5 million, 2.5) was stable.

Oh, and there was a World Series Game 2 on last night. By the very preliminary ratings, it appears as if the game either matched or dipped slightly from Game 1. The game drew a 10.0 household rating, which at least is up (well, by 1 percent) from last year’s Game 2 and gave Fox a Thursday night victory. We’ll have firm numbers in a few hours.

On ABC, The Walking Dead Charlie’s Angels (5.6 million, 1.2) went back down to its gutter-ball rating. The she-spies drama was cancelled last week, but ABC is burning off the remaining hours. Grey’s Anatomy (9.4 million, 3.5) had guest stars Lee Majors and Marilu Henner and, along with Private Practice (6.7 million, 2.4), were both down a tenth of a point.

With the World Series going on Fox, NBC took this week to run repeats. On The CW, Vampire Diaries (2.9 million, 1.3) was down a tick while Secret Circle (2.1 million, 0.9) went up a notch.

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