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Viewers love their 'Big Bang Theory' fix! Plus, 'The Apprentice' goes down ... way down

Viewers love to get their Big Bang Theory fix! The Bill Prady/Chuck Lorre comedy earned a 4.3 rating/11 share last night and averaged a timeslot-winning 13 million viewers – just one reason that CBS won yet another Thursday in the key demo (3.3/9) and viewers (13.5 million), according to preliminary ratings. $#*! My Dad Says earned a 3.1/9 and 10 million viewers, followed by CSI (3.1/8, 14.3 million) and The Mentalist (3.0/9, 14.3 million).

One buzz-killer at another network forwarded this little stat about the 8:30 p.m. timeslot that’s still worth repeating: Through nine telecasts, $#*! My Dad Says is down 18 percent from Survivor’s performance in the time period last fall. But it doesn’t really make a difference, does it? William Shatner is still bringing the viewers and Survivor is doing just fine on Wednesdays. So there you go.

ABC was second for the night in the demo (3.1/9) and viewers (8.9 million). After airing A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving at 8 (2.2/6, 7.3 million), ABC picked things up with Grey’s Anatomy (4.3/11 and 11.3 million) and Private Practice (2.9/9 and 8 million).

Fox was third for the night in the demo (2.3/6) and viewers (7.1 million), with Bones posting a 2.7/8 and 9.3 million, followed by Fringe (1.9/5, 4.8 million).

NBC was fourth with a 2.2/6 and 4.9 million viewers, with Community earning a 1.9/6 and 4.4 million, followed by 30 Rock (2.3/6, 5.1 million), The Office (3.7/10, 7.2 million) and Outsourced (2.7/7, 5.4 million). The Apprentice (1.2/3, 3.5 million) delivered an all-time franchise low at 10. Don’t worry, folks, its almost over and then onto the much more interesting celebrity edition!

The CW was fifth for the night in the demo (1.1/3) and sixth in viewers behind Univision (3.2 million versus 3.8 million).

Due to NFL Preemptions in roughly 4 percent of the country, Fast Nationals for CW are inflated. The CW aired repeats of Vampire Diaries and Nikita, each at a 1.1/3.

Image Credit: 1973 United Feature Syndicate Inc; Douglas Gorenstein/NBC; Liane Hentscher/Fox

Originally posted November 19 2010 — 1:55 PM EST

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