TV ratings: 'Bones' premiere solid Thursday, 'Big Bang Theory' and 'Vampire Diaries' up

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bones-s7-premiere-ratings.jpgFast national ratings for Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

"Bones" began its seventh season Thursday with solid ratings, drawing its best premiere audience in three years. Elsewhere, "The Vampire Diaries" hit a season high for The CW, "The Big Bang Theory" improved and NBC's lineup rose a bit without World Series competition.

CBS led the night in viewers, drawing 12.9 million people and an 8.0 rating/13 share in households. FOX (10.65 million, 6.3/10) was a healthy second. ABC came in third with 7.1 million viewers and a 4.9/8, followed by NBC (4.5 million, 2.9/5). The CW drew 2.8 million viewers and a 1.7/3.

FOX earned a narrow win in the adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 3.4 rating to beat CBS' 3.3. ABC took third with a 2.4, followed by NBC, 1.9, and The CW, 1.2.

Photo/Video credit: FOX