Image Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox; Adam Larkey/ABC; Harper Smith/NBCCBS’ unstoppable block of comedies helped the Eye take another Thursday, according to early estimates. The network won the night in viewers (13.5 million) and adults 18-49 (3.4 rating/10 share) thanks to strong performances by The Big Bang Theory (up 10 percent, to a 4.6/14 and 13.8 million viewers) and $#*! My Dad Says (up 10 percent to 3.4/10 and 10.9 million). Face it guys — The Shat and his (rather stale) selection of jokes are here to stay. CSI was flat versus last week (3.3/9, 13.8 million) and The Mentalist was down 9 percent to 2.9/8 — its lowest-rated episode this season — but still attracted 14.2 million.
Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.3 million.
ABC was second in viewers (8.7 million) and the demo (3.1/9). Attention must be paid to the stellar numbers earned by Grey’s Anatomy at 9 (up 10 percent to a 4.3/11, 11.6 million) and Private Practice (up 44 percent to a 3.9/11 and 10.1 million). Über-creator Shonda Rhimes has still got it going on; let’s hope we can count on more of the same from her third ABC drama, Off the Map, set to premiere in January.
Fox’s Thursday night dramas returned after a two-week hiatus due to baseball playoffs, and Bones earned a 2.5/7 and averaged 9.0 million, while Fringe posted a 1.8/5 and 4.9 million viewers. Fox finished in third place with 7.0 million viewers but was barely hanging on to fourth behind NBC with a 2.2/6 in the demo (the numbers should improve when finals come out this afternoon).
NBC earned a 2.3/6 and 5.2 million for the night, with Community down 21 percent to a 1.9/6 (4.5 million), followed by 30 Rock (up 9 percent to a 2.4/7 (5.2 million), The Office (3.7/10, 7.6 million), Outsourced (2.7/7, 5.7 million), and The Apprentice (1.4/4, 3.9 million).
The CW hit season highs among female teens and matched its season-best rating among all teens with its block of The Vampire Diaries and Nikita. Overall, the network averaged 3.0 million viewers.