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Live '30 Rock' hits season high

30Rocklive postNBC's live "30 Rock" gave the network a season-high rating Thursday night, but it wasn't quite enough to topple CBS' "$#*! My Dad Says."

Aided by guest stars including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matt Damon, Jon Hamm and Bill Hader, the "30 Rock" episode went off smoothly with the cast working hard to replicate the show's usual frantic style. "30 Rock" drew 6.7 million viewers and a 3.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating, up a steep 43% from last week.

By comparison, chief rival "$#*! My Dad Says" had 10.1 million viewers, and 3.1 rating in the all-important adult demo. It should be noted that the "30 Rock" stunt climbed 36% from its "Community" (4.8 million, 2.2) lead-in (which itself received a 22% boost from last week). While "My Dad Says" dropped 24% from its stable "Big Bang Theory" opener (12.5 million, 4.1).

Still, "My Dad Says" had another victory talking point of its own, rising 7% this week despite the increased competition from "30 Rock."

CBS won the night overall, with "CSI" (14.3 million, 3.1) rising 15% and "The Mentalist" (15 million, 3.3) up 10%.

ABC was second with a roughly on-par "Grey's Anatomy" (12 million, 4.5) and "Private Practice" (8.3 million, 3.0).

NBC was third, also airing "The Office" (7.3 million, 3.7), up 6%, followed by steady perfomances by "Outsourced" (5.4 million, 2.5) and "The Apprentice" (3.7 million, 1.3).

Fox's "Bones" (9.5 million, 2.6) and "Fringe" (5.3 million, 1.9) were both down a tenth. The CW aired repeats.