NBC's 'Office,' Fox's 'Bones' also strong

On a night when ABC aired repeats and sunk well behind its rivals, the trio of “Survivor,” “CSI” and “The Mentalist” carried CBS to a dominant victory Thursday. NBC anchor “The Office” also looked good, as did Fox’s “Bones,” which hit a season high.

(Note that due to NFL preemptions on the CBS station in Pittsburgh and the NBC station in Baltimore, ratings for entertainment programs on these nets could come down a bit in the nationals.)

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS won each hour of the evening starting with season highs for “Survivor” (4.3 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall), whose finale is set for a week from Sunday. It led into “CSI” (4.1/11 in 18-49, 17.1 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” (3.8/11 in 18-49, 16.9 million viewers overall), which approached or matched season highs in various categories and were the night’s most-watched programs overall.

CBS won the night by 4 share in adults 18-49, by 6 shares in adults 25-54 and by more than 7 million viewers in overall audience.

Elsewhere, Fox’s “Bones” opened the night with season-high scores (3.1/9 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), benefiting from a lack of firstrun drama competition on either ABC or CW. It was followed by “Fringe” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), which dropped a little from its in-season high of the previous week.

At NBC, “The Office” (4.4/12 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) had one of its best showings of the season, edging out “Survivor” in the preliminary results as the night’s top program in 18-49. Also for the net, “30 Rock” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) held onto 80% of its “Office” lead-in and was at or near season-high levels, and “The Jay Leno Show” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) drew one of its best Thursday scores to date. Opening the night, “Community” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) and “Parks and Recreation” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) were a tad above average.

ABC suffered by airing repeats of its serialized series “Flash Forward” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “Private Practice” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall). When nationals are released, it’s likely that the net will finish in sixth place or lower among adults 18-49.

CW aired repeats of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 4.1/11; NBC, 2.7/7; Fox, 2.7/7; Univision, 1.3/4; ABC, 1.2/3; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.9 million; Fox, 8.6 million; NBC, 6.7 million; ABC, 4.2 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 1.6 million.

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