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NOV
30
4 YEARS

Thursday shows slump as 'Fringe' returns

98986_D1018B Six broadcast dramas hit all-time lows in the ratings Thursday night as networks slumped across the board during the holiday week.

CBS' experiment with flipping "The Mentalist" and "CSI" resulted in a draw, with both shows pulling the same all rating. The network put "Mentalist" (13.9 million viewers, 2.8 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) into 9 p.m. and "CSI" (13.2 million, 2.8) at 10 p.m. and the crime dramas both hit all-time lows despite a strong lead-in from "Survivor" (11.1 million, 3.5).

The CBS result could suggest the network had the order right the first time, or other factors could be at play since last night's ratings were so disappointing for all the networks.

CBS came out on top. ABC second with "FlashForward" (5.1 million, 1.4) flunking, "Grey's Anatomy" (9.8 million, 3.5) tying "Survivor" as the top-rated show and "Private Practice" (7.8 million, 2.7) being edged out by "CSI" at 10 p.m. All the ABC shows were Thursday series lows.

Fox's lineup was dow -- "Bones" (8.4 million, 2.4) fell 29% and the heavily promoted return of "Fringe" (6 million, 2.2) dropped 15%.

NBC aired comedy repeats and "The Marriage Ref" (5.3 million, 2.2).

The CW's "Vampire Diaries" (2.8 million, 1.3) was down 19% from its last original and hit a series low, followed by "Supernatural" (2.4 million, 1.1).