Top shows decline; 'Practice' still potent

CBS ruled the second Thursday of November in key demos behind “The Big Bang Theory,” but it and the rest of the net’s lineup was on the low side on a night that also saw ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” below average.

Univision stepped up on this night, averaging a 2.3 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers overall for its three-hour telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards. When nationals are released later today, it is expected to win the night among adults 18-34 (earning a 2.5/8 in preliminaries).

Elsewhere, according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened strong with “The Big Bang Theory” (4.2/12 in 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall), which was again the top-rated program of the night in demos despite declines. Also lower than usual for the Eye were “Bleep My Dad Says” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) and dramas “CSI” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 12.9 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall), though the net still led in total viewers from 9 to 11.

At ABC, following a low-rated “Grey’s Anatomy” repeat at 8 p.m. (4.0/10 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall), the original episode of the medical drama (4.0/10 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) was down week to week but still led its hour in adults 18-49 and 25-54. And at 10, “Private Practice” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) declined sharply from its season high of the previous week but still edged out “The Mentalist” for the preliminary 18-49 lead in the hour.

NBC’s numbers are subject to revisions downward due to a preemption for NFL action on its station in Baltimore, but the preliminaries show all of its programs on the rise. “Community” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “30 Rock” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) both logged their best scores in four weeks, while “The Office” (3.8/10 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) was above average and “Outsourced” had its best scores since September (2.8/7 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall). Also up was 10 p.m. reality show “The Apprentice” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “Bones” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) and “Fringe” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) were flat week to week, with the net remaining fourth among the major networks.

CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and “Nikita” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) were in line with recent performances, with the former winning its 8 p.m. hour among femmes 12-34 (2.6/8).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.0/8; ABC, 2.7/7; NBC, 2.4/7; Univision, 2.3/6; Fox, 2.1/6; CW, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.7 million; ABC, 7.8 million; Fox, 7.0 million; NBC and Univision, 5.6 million; CW, 2.9 million.

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