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CBS tops Thursday night with ‘Bang’

Peacock suffers an uneven evening

Led by the strongest performance by “The Big Bang Theory” since its season premiere, CBS topped Thursday’s primetime viewing, while “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” lifted ABC to a second-place finish.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Bang” (4.6 rating/14 share in 18-49, 13.9 million viewers overall) was the night’s most-watched program, improving nearly 10% over the previous week, when it faced the World Series on Fox. “Bleep My Dad Says” (3.4/10, 10.9 million) won at 8:30 p.m. and also showed improvement over the previous week.

“Grey’s” (4.3/11, 11.7 million) and “Private” (3.9/11, 10.2 million – its best numbers since Jaunary) carried ABC to timeslot victories at 9 and 10 p.m., but the Alphabet net was dragged down by anemic ratings for a “Grey’s” rerun (1.2/3, 4.4 million) in ABC’s troubled 8 p.m. hour. Still, ABC finished in first place for the night among viewers 18-34.

NBC had an uneven evening: 8 p.m. entry “Community” (1.9/6, 4.6 million) is losing ground in its tough timeslot battle with “Bang,” at least before the DVR numbers come through, but “30 Rock” (2.4/7, 5.3 million) was up compared to the previous week and was tops at 8:30 p.m. in 18-34 demos. “The Office” (3.7/10, 7.6 million) sagged but still finished second in its timeslot (winning in 18-34 and key male demos), while “Outsourced” (2.7/7, 5.8 million) held relatively steady, also performing better among men.

The bottom continues to drop out for the Peacock at 10 p.m. with “The Apprentice” (1.4/4, 4.0 million), though the show did offer its best performance since its season premiere.

Fox won the bronze medal at 8 p.m. with “Bones” (2.5/7, 9.1 million) but fell to fourth at 9 p.m. with “Fringe” (1.8/5, 5.0 million). Each show was airing its first original episode in three weeks.

Thanks to its strong support from young women – including its best numbers from female teens in more than a year – “The Vampire Diaries” (1.6/5, 3.6 million) matched a season high in overall viewers for the CW, followed at 9 p.m. by Nikita (0.9/2, 2.5 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 3.4/10, ABC 3.1/9, NBC 2.3/6, Fox 2.2/6, Univision 1.7/5, CW 1/2/3.

In total viewers: CBS 13.5 million, ABC 8.8 million, Fox 7.0 million, NBC 5.2 million, Univision 4.0 million, CW 2.6 million.

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