NBC gave Grimm a shot on Thursday night and here’s how that went: On one hand, Grimm (4.1 million viewers, 1.6 adults 18-49 rating) delivered about the same rating it does on Fridays. So that’s not great. On the other hand, Grimm did way better than Prime Suspect, giving NBC its best number at 10 p.m. on Thursdays in 11 weeks. Low expectations theater!
Meanwhile, with ABC airing specials instead of Grey’s/Private, both Person of Interest (12.7 million, 3.0) and The Mentalist (13.4 million, 3.0) jumped dramatically from their last airings. This would be a season high for The Mentalist, and best-since-premiere for POI, except some NFL coverage on the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh might be inflating these early numbers.
CBS won the night overall, also airing The Big Bang Theory (14.4 million, 4.7) — ranking as the night’s most-watched and highest-rated show — followed by Rules of Engagement (11 million, 3.2). Both shows dipped 11 percent from their last airings.
Fox was runner-up with X Factor (9.9 million, 3.0) and Bones (9.0 million, 2.7), both dipping just slightly.
NBC aired Community (3.6 million, 1.5), down 12 percent, Parks and Rec (3.7 million, 1.7), down 6 percent to a series low, and stable episodes of The Office (5.8 million, 2.9) and Whitney (4.1 million, 1.9).
ABC had, yes, Wipeout: Deck the Balls (6.6 million, 1.9), followed by America’s Funniest Home Videos: Christmas Spectacular (6.5 million, 1.9) and The Great Big American Auction (4.8 million, 1.4).