All ABC dramas, CBS rookie 'Person' on the rise

”The X Factor” seemed to lose some momentum after its preemption on Wednesday, but it still was big enough to lift Fox to victory Thursday night among young adults. ABC’s dramas were all on the uptick as was CBS’ ”Person of Interest,” but NBC’s newbies were both down.

While Fox led in adults 18-49 for a fourth straight Thursday to start the season, CBS finished on top in adults 25-54 and total viewers, according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen.

”The X Factor” averaged a 3.6 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m. , down about 10% week to week and its lowest-rated night to date; it likely lost some viewers due to its preemption on Wednesday for a late-running baseball game. After finishing second to CBS’ ”The Big Bang Theory” in Thursday’s opening two half-hours, ”X Factor” led at 9 o’clock in every category except women 25-54 (”Grey’s Anatomy”) and total viewers (”Person of Interest”).

At CBS, ”The Big Bang Theory” remained potent kicking off the night (4.4/14 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall), on par with last week and again standing as Thursday’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (5.5/15) as well as total viewers. A repeat of ”Big Bang” then boosted the net’s fortunes at 8:30 p.m. (3.7/10 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall), rising nearly 50% above last week’s delivery for the since-pulled ”How to Be a Gentleman” and providing a stronger lead-in for first-year drama ”Person of Interest” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall), which was up a tick week to week. At 10, ”The Mentalist” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) was again the No. 1 broadcast program in an hour that MTV’s ”Jersey Shore” has been dominating in 18-49.

At ABC, ”Charlie’s Angels” remains a modest performer but was up slightly in its fourth outing (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall). ”Grey’s Anatomy” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) rallied from its firstrun Thursday low of last week to finish within 1 share of ”X Factor” for the 18-49 lead. And at 10, ”Private Practice” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) was more competitive as it gained some week to week. (Note that since ”Grey’s” aired until 10:02 p.m., its number is expected to rise in the nationals, while ”Private” is expected to decline.)

NBC’s opening-hour comedies ”Community” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and ”Parks and Recreation” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) were up a bit week to week, while 9 p.m. anchor ”The Office” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) held steady or was up slightly week to week in most categories, winning by 2 shares in adults 18-34. News wasn’t as good at 9:30 for the Peacock, as ”Whitney” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) declined 13% week to week for its lowest score to date. And that lower rating at 9:30 didn’t help 10 p.m. drama ”Prime Suspect” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which dipped to a 3 share for the first time.

CW’s top-rated program, ”The Vampire Diaries” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) edged out ”Charlie’s Angels” in 18-49 and was up across the board from last week, including adults 18-34 (1.6/5). At 9, ”The Secret Circle” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) held steady in most categories while showing gains in key women demos.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.6/10; CBS, 3.1/8; ABC, 2.4/6; NBC, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.2 million; Fox, 10.8 million; ABC, 7.5 million; NBC, 4.5 million; Univision, 3.2 million; CW, 2.3 million.

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