ABC has got to give Grey’s Anatomy a better lead-in. With the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special (2.2/6, up 10% from last year, 7.4 million) at 8 PM vs. a Grey’s return (1.0) last week, the veteran medical drama (4.3/11, 11.4 million) was up 8% to reclaim the No.1 spot for the night among adults 18-49 for the first time in five weeks. It was tied with CBS’ hit comedy The Big Bang Theory (4.3/13, 13.1 million), which marked its fifth consecutive week as the top-rated program on Thursday among 18-49. Big Bang was also up, by a tenth, as was the rest of CBS’ lineup after slipping across-the board last week. $#*! My Dad Says (3.1/9, 10.3 million) was up 11% from its series-low fast national result last Monday, which was adjusted up by a tenth in the finals. CSI (3.1/8, 14.2 million) was up 11% in the demo, while The Mentalist (3.0/9, up 7%, 14.7 million) rebounded from its season low last week to regain the top spot at 10 PM in 18-49, which it lost to ABC’s Private Practice for the past 2 weeks. Practice (2.9/9) was flat with last week, but helped ABC post its best Thursday numbers in adults 18-49 and total viewers since premiere week. CBS once again won the night in 18-49 (3.3/9) and total viewers (13.5 million).
NBC’s comedies were largely status quo. In the 8 PM hour, Community (2.0/6) and 30 Rock (2.4/7) were both down a tenth, while The Office (3.7/10) and Outsourced (2.7/7) in the 9 PM hour were both up a tenth. At 10 PM, The Apprentice (1.2/3) was down 14% for a new series low.