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”The X Factor” and ”Bones” led their hours in key demos, leading Fox to victory on a Thursday that featured numerous repeats and specials elsewhere. ABC saw improved numbers for its ”CMA Country Christmas” special but NBC’s comedies remained sluggish.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”The X Factor” (3.1 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) was the No. 1 series of the night in 18-49, on par with its most recent delivery on the night two weeks ago. It was followed by ”Bones” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), which took advantage of a lack of firstrun drama competition to edge up vs. its last original episode. In addition to leading the broadcast networks in adults 18-49 and 25-54, Fox also led in total viewers.

ABC aired a repeat of ”Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), performing much better in the timeslot than ”Charlie’s Angels” had been this fall. And from 9 to 11 p.m., the special ”CMA Country Christmas” did a fairly good number (2.1/5 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall), rising 50% above its showing of last year when it aired on a Monday.

CBS aired repeats of its regulars: ”The Big Bang Theory” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), which won its timeslot, followed by ”Rules of Engagement” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), ”Person of Interest” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and ”The Mentalist” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall).

NBC was unable to take advantage of the CBS repeats as ”Community” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) still finished well behind the ”Big Bang” rerun on CBS, and ”Parks and Recreation” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), ”The Office” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and ”Whitney” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) were all on the low side of their range; ”The Office” did stand as the No. 1 entertainment show in its 9 o’clock half-hour in 18-49. And at 10, ”Prime Suspect” was still low (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) but was up a couple of ticks vs. its most recent original.

CW aired repeats of ”The Vampire Diaries” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and ”The Secret Circle” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.0/8; ABC, 2.1/6; CBS, 1.9/5; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 9.5 million; ABC and CBS, 8.4 million; NBC, 4.4 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 1.0 million.