TV ratings: 'Big Bang,' 'Private Practice' rise Thursday

eliza-dushku-bbt-320.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

"The Big Bang Theory" jumped by more than a million viewers over last week and helped keep CBS in its usual top spot in the ratings Thursday. A big episode for KaDee Strickland on "Private Practice," meanwhile, gave that show its biggest audience of the season.

CBS easily won the night with 13.5 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/14 share in households. ABC (8.75 million, 5.9/10) came in second, while the return of FOX's regular Thursday lineup (7 million, 4.3/7) took third. NBC drew 5.2 million viewers and a 3.2/5 to finish fourth. The CW scored just over 3 million viewers and a 1.8/3.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 3.4 rating beat out ABC's 3.1 for the lead. NBC (2.3) edged FOX (2.2) for third. The CW earned a 1.2 in the demo.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (13.9 million viewers, 8.3/14 households)/"$#*! My Dad Says" (10.9 million, 6.7/11)
FOX: "Bones" (9.1 million, 5.5/9)
NBC: "Community" (4.6 million, 2.9/5)/"30 Rock" (5.3 million, 3.3/5)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" rerun (4.4 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (3.6 million, 2.0/3)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (4.6)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" (13.9 million, 8.5/13)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (11.7 million, 7.6/12)
NBC: "The Office" (7.6 million, 4.5/7)/"Outsourced" (5.8 million, 3.5/6)
FOX: "Fringe" (5 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "Nikita" (2.5 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (4.3)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Mentalist" (14.3 million, 8.9/15)
ABC: "Private Practice" (10.2 million, 7.1/12)
NBC: "The Apprentice" (4 million, 2.7/5)

18-49 leader: "Private Practice" (3.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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