Bones dug up a monumental “W” this Thursday, delivering — for the first time ever, folks — more total viewers (11.1 million, up 13 percent) than either of its primary time slot rivals, CSI (10.46 mil) or Grey’s Anatomy (9.9 mil). The Fox drama’s 3.3 demo rating meanwhile marks a week-to-week surge of 18 percent.
The CW’s bubble-show butt-kicker, Nikita (1.93 million viewers/0.8 rating), also had a very good night, enjoying gains of 14 and 33 percent, respectively.
Alas, the hour of nine was not divine for all comers. CBS’ long-running CSI dipped to a 2.2 demo rating, hitting a new all-time low.
Elsewhere this Thursday night:
8/7c | American Idol‘s results show saw double-digit gains from a week ago, drawing 20.8 million viewers and a 6.2 rating. The Big Bang Theory held steady at 10.3 mil/3.1, yet Rules Of Engagement (7.7 mil/2.2) slipped to a season-low demo. Part 1 of Community‘s season finale (3.5 mil/1.4) dipped a few points, while Vampire Diaries was flat at 2.7 mil/1.2.
9/8c | The well-promoted Grey’s wedding(s) episode (9.9 mil/3.5) showed little movement but won the hour in the demo. The Office (6.8 mil/3.5) was (obviously) down from Steve Carell’s big send-off, but on par with the last “regular” outing. Parks and Recreation (5.1 mil/2.6) enjoyed gains of 10 and 13 percent.
10/9c | The Mentalist (13.64 mil/2.6) dominated the hour and was, as typical, the night’s most watched scripted program. Private Practice (6.9 mil/2.3) saw small upticks. The 30 Rock season finale (4.2 mil/2.1) served up an 11 percent increase in the demo, while Outsourced (3.15 mil/1.5) was down 12 percent from its last fresh outing.
What were you tuned into this Thursday?