oprah barbara walters TV ratings: Oprah, Barbara Walters boost ABC Thursday, but CBS still winsFast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

A pair of Barbara Walters specials on ABC Thursday gave the network’s overall ratings a boost, but not quite enough of one to dethrone CBS from the top spot. “The Office,” meanwhile, gave NBC a rare win among adults 18-49 at 9 o’clock.

CBS averaged 12.4 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share in households for the night. Thanks to the Walters specials and a pair of Christmas shows at 8 p.m., ABC (10.8 million, 7.0/11) had a better-than-average night in total viewers. FOX (7 million, 4.2/7) came in third, while NBC (5.7 million, 3.4/6) finished fourth. The CW brought in 2.7 million people and a 1.8/3.

Three networks finished within three tenths of a point of one another in the adults 18-49 demographic. CBS came out on top with a 2.9 rating, followed closely by ABC, 2.7, and NBC, 2.6. FOX posted a 2.1 in the demo, while The CW trailed with a 1.0.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (12.1 million viewers, 7.3/12 households)/“$#*! My Dad Says” (9.5 million, 5.7/9)
FOX: “Bones” (8.8 million, 5.3/9)
ABC: Specials – “Shrek the Halls” (6.9 million, 3.9/7)/”Disney Prep & Landing” (7.5 million, 4.0/7)
NBC: “Community” (4.7 million, 2.8/5)/”30 Rock” (5.2 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (3.1 million, 2.0/3)

18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (3.8)

9 p.m.

ABC: “Barbara Walters Special: Oprah, the Next Chapter” (13.15 million, 8.8/14)
CBS: “CSI” (13.14 million, 7.9/12)
NBC: “The Office” – one hour (7.6 million, 4.3/7)
FOX: “Fringe” (5.3 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: “Nikita” (2.3 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: “The Office” (3.8)

10 p.m.

CBS: “The Mentalist” (13.35 million, 8.4/14)
ABC: “Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010” (12.15 million, 8.3/14)
NBC: “The Apprentice” finale (4.5 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: “10 Most Fascinating People” (3.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Rick Porter