CBS nabbed its first Thursday win among adults 18-49 last night as The X Factor result show continued to slide. In its third results edition, X Factor (3.0/8) was down 9% after dropping 8% last week. Bones (2.8/7) was up a tenth from last Thursday’s fast national and, with no Grey’s Anatomy on ABC, managed to rank as the top-rated drama in 18-49 last night. That wasn’t enough to keep Fox’s Thursday winning streak alive. Until last night, Fox had won every Thursday night this season in the demo. Last night, it averaged a 2.9/8 to CBS’ 3.2/8. (CBS also won the night in total viewers with 12.2 million.)
CBS was once again paced by The Big Bang Theory (5.2/15, 14.8 million), which matched its fast national from last week and was once again the top program of the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Rules Of Engagement (3.6/10) was also even with its fast national from last Thursday, while Person Of Interest (2.6/7) was down a tenth from its most recent original 2 weeks ago. The decline for The Mentalist was steeper, down 14% from the 18-49 season high 2 weeks ago.
ABC’s Katie Couric news special with Regis Philbin (1.5/4) did better in the 8 PM slot than the series finale of Charlie’s Angels (1.1/3) last week. But the two-hour fall finale of Private Practice (2.5/7) was down 11% from its hourlong episode behind Grey’s last Thursday. ABC (2.2/6, 7.5 million) was third for the night.
The news that Community is being benched in midseason rallied the fans of the show…sort of. The quirky comedy (1.6/5) was up a tenth from its 18-49 rating last week. Parks & Recreation (2.0/5) posted a more impressive 2-tenth gain, while rookie Whitney (1.9/5) dropped by that much to a series low. The Office (2.9/7) shed a tenth as did Prime Suspect (1.1/3) which lost its battle for survival this week when the network opted to shut down production after 13 episodes. NBC (1.8/5, 4.3 million) was fourth. The CW aired a movie.