Ratings: Community Inches Up to 2-Month High

NBC’s hiatus-bound Community isn’t heading to the bench without a fight, this Thursday inching up in both total viewers and in the demo to hit two-month highs.

Specifically, the beloved NBC comedy’s penultimate fall/winter episode drew 3.9 million viewers (up 8 percent) and a 1.7 rating (up 6 percent) while facing the X Factor results show, a formidable Big Bang repeat (the night’s most-watched program, with 10.5 million viewers) and ABC’s Santa Claus. Nonetheless, Community was NBC’s lowest-rated laffer for the night and it placed fourth in the 8 o’clock time slot.

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Of NBC’s other Thursday fare, Parks and Rec (3.72 mil/1.8) dipped 10 percent in the demo from its last fresh outing, The Office (5.74 mil/2.9) and Whitney (4 mil/1.9) held steady, and the expiring Prime Suspect (4.63 mil/1.3) copped increases of 7 and 18 percent.

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Elsewhere:

* As already noted, a Big Bang rerun (10.5 mil/2.9) drew Thursday’s biggest audience, while The X Factor (flat at 10.2 mil/3.1) scored the best demo rating.

* Bones (8.8 mil/2.8) inched up a few percentage points to score its best audience/demo rating since the season opener.

* ABC’s presentation of the CMA Country Christmas special (9 mil/2.1) was up 23 and 50 percent versus a year ago.

What were you tuned into this Thursday evening?