Ratings: Bones Strong In Delayed Return, CBS Has a Good Night, NBC Comedies Rebound

Bang! Mama Bones delivered on Thursday night, welcoming back 10.02 million total viewers while scoring a 3.3 rating — up 22 percent in the demo versus its Season 6 premiere.

In its time slot, the Fox drama copped more viewers than Grey’s Anatomy and placed second in the demo behind the ABC medical drama. Compared to its May finale, Bones matched that total audience while gaining a tenth in the demo.

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Over on CBS, the Eye eyed all-time Thursday highs for both The Big Bang Theory (15.5 mil/5.1) and Rules of Engagement (11.9 mil/3.7), while The Mentalist (13.5 mil/2.9) scored its best demo numbers since April. UPDATE: Per finals, Big Bang bagged 16 million viewers — its third-largest audience ever — and gained 0.3 in the demo to make its Thursday high a robust 5.4.

Also of note: With the World Series now out of the way, NBC’s comedy line-up — which got beaned hard last week — satisfyingly rebounded. Community (3.87 mil/1.7), for one, surged 22 percent versus last Thursday (and is up a bit from its pre-baseball tallies). Similarly, Parks and Recreation (4 mil/2.0) was up 11 percent week-to-week, and is up a tenth from its last “regular” outing.

Going hour-by-hour….

8 pm | Big Bang led the whole night in viewers as well as in the demo. The X Factor results show placed second in the hour with 11.3 million viewers and a 3.7 rating. Close behind the NBC comedies, The Vampire Diaries (3.34 mil/1.5) matched last week’s season highs. The penultimate episode of Charlie’s Angels (5.4 mil/1.2) placed last in the demo. UPDATE: Per finals, Vampire Diaries had its most-watched episode since Dec. 2, 2010 (3.5 mil) and its best rating (1.6) since Jan. 27.

9 pm | CBS’ Person of Interest (11.66 mil/2.7) led the hour in viewers, holding steady week-to-week. The Office (6.05 mil/3.1) was up a few percentage points from last Thursday, but is down a tenth in the demo from pre-World Series times. Whitney (4.33 mil/2.1) ticked up a bit. The Secret Circle (2.3 mil/0.9) was flat.

10 pm | Trailing far behind The Mentalist, Private Practice (6.8 mil/2.6) gained 6 and 8 percent to score its best numbers since the premiere. NBC’s Prime Suspect (4.47 mil/1.2) was up some 10 percent.

What were you watching this Thursday?