‘Big Bang Theory’ Lifts CBS to Narrow Ratings Win

Nov 12, 2010  •  Post A Comment

With its hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” leading all programs Thursday night, CBS came out on top for the night in a close fight with ABC, according to TVbytheNumbers.com.

CBS ended the night with an overall rating of 3.0 in the 18-49 demo, just ahead of ABC’s 2.7 rating. NBC was third with a 2.4, just ahead of Univision’s 2.3 and Fox’s 2.1, all in the 18-49 demo. CW trailed with a 1.2 rating.

In total viewers, CBS had a more comfortable margin, outpacing the field with an average of 12.7 million viewers for the night. ABC was a distant second with 7.8 million.

At 8 p.m. "Big Bang Theory" had a 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, while its lead-out, the William Shatner sitcom "$#*! My Dad Says," collected a 2.8 in the same demo. Fox’s "Bones" scored a 2.55 average for the hour in that demo, and NBC’s "Community" and "30 Rock" netted a 2.1 rating and a 2.6, respectively, in the 18-49 demo. CW’s "The Vampire Diaries" trailed with a 1.6 in the 18-49 demo.

ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy" logged a 4.0 for the 9 p.m. hour in the 18-49, while NBC’s "The Office" and "Outsourced" produced a 3.8 and a 2.8, respectively, in the same demo. CBS’s "CSI" averaged a 2.8 in the 18-49 demographic for the hour, topping Fox’s "Fringe," which managed just a 1.75 mean rating in 18-49 for the hour. CW’s "Nikita" snagged a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo for the hour.

At 10 p.m. ABC’s "Private Practice" averaged a 2.95 in the 18-49 demo for the hour, just a touch higher than CBS’s "The Mentalist’s" 2.8. NBC’s "The Apprentice" settled for a 1.6 average in the 18-49 demo.

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