TV ratings: CBS cruises Thursday, live '30 Rock' grows

30-rock-live-show-320.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

A live episode of "30 Rock" Thursday drew a bigger audience than the show usually gets, but it didn't upset the typical order of things -- which is to say, CBS scored another win.

Led by "The Mentalist," CBS averaged 13.5 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/14 share in households. ABC (8.1 million, 5.4/9) came in second, a little ahead of FOX (7.4 million, 4.5/7). NBC (5.3 million, 3.2/5) was up a bit from last week. A night of repeats on The CW averaged 1.9 million viewers and a 1.2/2.

CBS also topped the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.3 rating. ABC's 2.9 was good enough for second. NBC, 2.4, edged FOX, 2.3, for third place. The CW posted a 0.7.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (12.5 million viewers, 7.5/13 households)/ "$#*! My Dad Says" (10.1 million, 6.1/10)
FOX: "Bones" (9.5 million, 5.8/10)
NBC: "Community" (4.8 million, 2.9/5)/"30 Rock" live episode (6.7 million, 4.0/7)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" rerun (4.2 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (2 million, 1.3/2)

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

9 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" (14.3 million, 8.8/14)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (12 million, 7.7/12)
NBC: "The Office" (7.3 million, 4.3/7)/"Outsourced" (5.4 million, 3.2/5)
FOX: "Fringe" (5.3 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: "Nikita" rerun (1.7 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (4.5)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Mentalist" (15 million, 9.3/16)
ABC: "Private Practice" (8.3 million, 5.6/10)
NBC: "The Apprentice" (3.7 million, 2.5/4)

18-49 leader: "The Mentalist" (3.3)

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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