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Primetime Ratings: ABC Wins Lackluster Thursday

ABC won Thursday night despite a lackluster performance from
its lineup, scoring a 3.1 rating/8 share with adults 18-49, according to
Nielsen overnight numbers.

At 8 p.m. Santa Clause Is Comin' To Town earned a 2.3 rating,
down 12% from last year's telecast. Grey's Anatomy slipped 7% to a 4.0
adults 18-49 rating and Private Practice was flat at a 2.9 vs. its last
original episode on Nov. 18.

NBC came in second with a 2.2/6, generally flat with its last original episodes
on Nov. 18. Community was even with a 1.9 with adults 18-49, 30 Rock
steady at a 2.3 and The Office down
3% to a 3.7. At 9 p.m. Outsourced fell 4% to a 2.5 rating and The Apprentice jumped a whopping 56% vs.
last week's Thanksgiving episode, though still pulled only a 1.4 rating with
the key adults demo.

Fox placed third with a 2.1/6. Bones fell 11% from
its last original episode on Nov. 18 to a 2.4 rating and Fringe slid 5%
from Nov. 18 to a 1.8 with adults 18-49.

Thanks to a night of repeats, CBS was behind in fourth with
a 1.9/5, but still topped the night with total viewers at 9.1 million.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries drew a
1.5 rating with adults 18-49 and Nikita
earned a 1.0.