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Thursday ratings: 'Community,' 'Private' decline

Broadcast shows sank in the Nielsens on Thursday night with shows such as "Community," "CSI" and "Private Practice" hitting season lows.

CBS came out on top, with "Survivor" (11.8 million viewers, 3.6 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) ranking as the night's highest-rated show. Then "CSI" (13.3 million, 2.8) was down 7% to tie its all-time low, followed by "The Mentalist" (14.8 million, 3.0), down 14%.

Community Fox placed second despite facing plenty of original competition, though "Bones" (8.8 million, 2.5) and "Fringe" (5.9 million, 2.1) both dipped about 15% from last week.

NBC aired a series-low "Community" (3.9 million, 1.7), followed by "30 Rock" (4.2 million, 1.9), a season-low "The Office" (6.4 million, 3.3) and then another "30 Rock" (5.2 million, 2.5). The extra "Rock" gave the network a sense of how the show performs in the 8:30 p.m. "Parks & Recreation" time slot (answer: about as well as "Parks & Recreation"). "Marriage Ref" (4.3 million, 1.9) dropped another 10% at 10 p.m., marking its fourth week of declines.

ABC aired "FlashForward" (5.6 million, 1.6), which was one of the few shows to improve slightly, and then special airing of "Private Practice" (7.4 million, 2.3) in the "Grey's Anatomy" slot. The medical drama didn't seem to enjoy any appreciable boost from being in the earlier and more competitive time period, hitting a season low. ABC ran a repeat of "Grey's" at 10 p.m.

The CW's "Vampire Diaries" (3.3 million, 1.5) was on par, while "Supernatural" (2.7 million, 1.3) perked up a bit.