Ratings: Community Ticks Up, Whitney Hits Low, Bones Is Thursday's Top Drama

So there’s this: NBC’s hiatus-bound Community this Thursday enjoyed the tiniest of upticks — a tenth of a rating point — to score a 1.6 in the coveted 18-49 demo while drawing 3.63 million total viewers (up 4 percent).

Later in the night — and this is just me being a shameless rabblerouser — NBC’s Whitney (4.1 mil/1.9), which is not being forced into a winter break, dipped 10 percent to a series-low demo rating.

Among other headlines, Bones (8.82 mil/2.8) gained 8 percent in the demo to reign as Thursday’s top-rated drama, besting fresh episodes of shows such as The Mentalist and the Private Practice fall finale.

Going hour-by-hour….

8 pm | The Big Bang Theory dipped a bit (to 14.8 million total viewers and a 5.2 rating) but still dominated the night on both counts; lead-out Rules of Engagement (11 mil/3.6) saw a 3 percent bump in the demo. The latest X Factor results show (9.46 mil/3.0) was down 9 percent week-to-week. Similar to lead-in Community, Parks and Recreation (3.7 mil/2.0) was up 11 percent in the demo.

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9 pm | CBS’ Person of Interest (11.6 mil/2.6) easily led the hour in total viewers, while dipping a bit in the demo from its last fresh episode. Placing behind Bones/The Mentalist, Private Practice‘s two-hour fall finale averaged 7.2 mil and a 2.5, down 5 and 11 percent. Leading into the wilting Whitney, The Office (5.6 mil/2.9) slipped a few percentage points.

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10 pm | The Mentalist (12 mil/2.5) dominated the hour in total viewers, but nonetheless was down 12 and 14 percent from two weeks ago. Trailing far behind Private Practice‘s back half, the dying-on-the-vine Prime Suspect (4.4 mil/1.1) dropped 10 and 15 percent, hitting a series-low demo.

All told, despite a mix of ups and downs, CBS scored its first Thursday demo win of the season, besting the rest with the 18-49 crowd.

What were you tuned into this Thursday night?