January 06, 2012 8:51am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Secret Circle' Stage Even Returns, 'Grey's Anatomy' Rises
ABC and The CW both returned with original broadcasts on Thursday. The CW matched its November ratings, while ABC climbed a few notches.
The Alphabet net averaged a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 according to fast national ratings, bringing in 9.5 million viewers. An episode of Wipeout (2.8) led into the return of Grey's Anatomy, up from a 4.1 to a 4.6 in 18-49-ers. Private Practice matched its last original with a 2.8 rating in the key demo.
CBS, still airing repeats of its Thursday line-up, came in second with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.3 million viewers. A repeat of Big Bang Theory, unsurprisingly, topped all comedy encores of the night and was the highest rated broadcast during the 8:00 p.m. hour, bringing in a 3.5 in the key demo. Only Grey's outperformed it.
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Fox and The CW tied for third in the demo. Back-to-back repeats of Bones brought in a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers.
On the CW, both The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle returned from nearly two-month hiatuses to familiar numbers. Both series matched their 18-49 rating since their last original broadcasts (Nov. 10), with The Vampire Diaries pulling a 1.4 and The Secret Circle holding onto a 0.8. The network averaged a 1.1 as well, with 2.6 million viewers.
NBC pulled up the rear, airing repeats of Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Whitney, another The Office and Up All Night. The net averaged a 0.8 in the targeted demo and greeting 2.3 million viewers.
Thursday, Jan. 5, Overnight Ratings:
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (R) (11.6 million viewers, 3.5 rating among adults 18-49)
ABC: Wipeout (8.5 million, 2.8)
The CW: The Vampire Diaries (3.2 million, 1.4)
Fox: Bones (R) (4.8 million, 1.2)
NBC: Community (R) (5.2 million, 1.5)
CBS: Rules of Engagement (R) (8.7 million, 2.6)
ABC: Parks and Recreation (R) (2.4 million, 0/9)
ABC: Grey's Anatomy (12 million, 4.6)
CBS: Person of Interest (R) (8.7 million, 1.9)
FOX: Bones (R) (4.3 million, 1.1)
NBC: The Office (R) (2.6 million, 1.1)
The CW: The Secret Circle (2.1 million, 0.8)
NBC: Whitney (R) (2.3 million, 0.9)
ABC: Private Practice (7.8 million, 2.8)
CBS: The Mentalist (R) (9.2 million, 1.9)
NBC: The Office (R) (1.8 million, 0.7)
NBC: Up All Night (R) (1.9 million, 0.7)