TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' eclipses a bunch of reruns Thursday

jim-parsons-big-bang-theory-320.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

Thursday night's prime-time lineup was a sea of reruns -- except for CBS' comedies "The Big Bang Theory" and "$#*! My Dad Says," which aired original episodes and easily grabbed the night's best ratings.

Led by the two comedies, CBS averaged 10.4 million viewers and a 6.5 rating/11 share for the night, far and away the biggest audience of the evening. FOX was the best of the rest with 5.2 million viewers and a 3.1/5. ABC (4.5 million, 2.8/5) came in third, beating out NBC (3.4 million, 2.2/4). The CW drew 1.8 million viewers and a 1.1/2.

CBS was the only network to break the 2.0 barrier among adults 18-49, finishing the night with a 2.4. ABC and NBC tied for second at 1.4, and FOX was right behind at 1.3. The CW earned a 0.7 in the demographic.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (13.5 million viewers, 8.0/14)/"$#*! My Dad Says" (10.5 million, 6.3/11)
ABC: Special - "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.4 million, 3.7/6)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (5.4 million, 3.3/6)
NBC: "Community" rerun (3.2 million, 2.1/4)/"30 Rock" rerun (3.5 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (2 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (4.1)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" rerun (9.2 million, 5.9/10)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (4.9 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (4.35 million, 2.8/5)/"Outsourced" rerun (3.6 million, 2.2/4)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" rerun (3.95 million, 2.6/4)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.6 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "CSI" (1.9)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Mentalist" rerun (10.1 million, 6.5/12)
ABC: "Private Practice" rerun (3.1 million, 2.1/4)
NBC: "The Office" reruns - two episodes (2.95 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: "The Mentalist" (1.8)

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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