Ratings: CSI, Bones and Mentalist Post Gains

CBS’ Thursday lineup performed solidly this week, posting almost across-the-board gains. The Big Bang Theory kicked off the night with 12.13 million total viewers and a 3.8 rating, numbers on par with its last fresh ep. Rules of Engagement led out of that with double-digit gains (albeit versus last week’s repeat-impaired outing), delivering 9.5 million viewers and a 2.8.

In the 9 o’clock hour, CSI drew 13.6 million viewers (up 9 percent) and a 3.1 rating (up 15 percent), and come 10 pm The Mentalist (14.4 mil/3.0) saw a small uptick in the demo.

Elsewhere this Thursday:

* With 21.73 million total viewers, American Idol‘s results show was down 13 percent week-to-week, while its demo rating of 6.6 marked a 20 percent tumble. Fox notes, though, that A) broadcast TV this Thursday faced “significant competition from NBA basketball on cable” and B) Idol was up 6 percent in viewers (and nearly tied its demos) versus the same night last year.

* Bones enjoyed a 10 percent bump in audience (to just shy of 11 million viewers) and matched its most recent demos with a time slot-leading 3.4. Oh, and how fun does next next week’s episode look?

What did you watch this Thursday?

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  1. Deena says:

    Gah! Can’t wait for next weeks Bones! Thx, for the numbers!

  2. John Berggren says:

    The performance of Rules in this slot can’t be good news for $#!+ My Dad says. Shatner scored a lot of points with me on BOSTON LEGAL, but this show never really came together for me.
    I’m just annoyed they ended with a lame-o cliffhanger.

  3. DotDotDot says:

    Bones was great last night. It’s always a good time when Angela’s dad pops in for a visit. And I was never a Hannah-hater, but I do like the unencumbered chemistry between Bones & Booth now that she’s gone.

    • Alyssa says:

      My thoughts exactly. Way more normal B&B scenes. But who knows after next week???? We can only hope good things :)

  4. Autumn says:

    I can’t WAIT for next weeks Bones! I haven’t been so excited for an episode all season!

  5. Nancy says:

    Bones was the best last night. The begining was great Booth runing with Brennan. There was chimistry between them this week it’s been missing this season. I can’t wait till next week.

  6. Jo says:

    Bones! Always the best ! can’t wait for the next episode! Hope for something amazinnnnnng !