TV ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' is No. 1 on a soft Thursday

ellen-pompeo-greys-anatomy-320.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2010

A lineup of reruns on CBS managed to win Thursday night in total viewers, but ABC had the most-watched show in "Grey's Anatomy" (even though it was down from its most recent new episode) and led the night in adults 18-49.

Overall, though, it was a pretty soft night for the networks. CBS averaged 9.1 million viewers and a 5.8 rating/10 share in primetime to finish a little ahead of ABC (8.8 million, 5.5/9) in the overall race. FOX took third with 7 million viewers and a 4.3/7. NBC (5.1 million, 3.1/5) finished fourth. The CW drew 3.2 million viewers and a 1.9/3, although an NFL pre-emption in the Houston area may bring those numbers down slightly in the final nationals.

ABC easily won the adults 18-49 demo with a 3.1 rating. NBC took second with a 2.2, beating out FOX's 2.1 and CBS' 1.9. The CW came in at 1.3.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"Bones" (8.9 million viewers, 5.4/9 households)
CBS: "The Big Bang Theory" rerun (8.9 million, 5.6/9)/"$#*! My Dad Says" rerun (7.4 million, 4.7/7)
ABC: Special - "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (7.3 million, 3.9/6)
NBC: "Community" (4.6 million, 2.9/5)/"30 Rock" (5 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (3.7 million, 2.2/4)

18-49 leader: "Bones" and "The Big Bang Theory" tied at 2.4

9 p.m.

ABC:
"Grey's Anatomy" (10.9 million, 7.1/11)
CBS: "CSI" rerun (9.8 million, 6.2/10)
NBC: "The Office" (7.3 million, 4.2/7)/"Outsourced" (5.4 million, 3.2/5)
FOX: "Fringe" (5.1 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: "Nikita" (2.75 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (4.0)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Mentalist" rerun (9.3 million, 6.2/11)
ABC: "Private Practice" (8 million, 5.5/9)
NBC: "The Apprentice" (4.1 million, 2.7/5)

18-49 leader: "Private Practice" (2.9)

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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