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Last week's dramatic cliff-hanger and an emotional episode about sexual assault propelled Private Practice to new ratings heights Thursday, but CBS still won the night.

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Private Practice pulled in 10.2 million viewers and surged 44 percent in the adults-18-to-49 demographic, according to Nielsen overnight estimates. It was the show's highest-rated episode since January and it defeated CBS' The Mentalist (14.3 million viewers) by its largest margin ever in the demo.

Private Practice's lead-in, Grey's Anatomy (11.7 million viewers), was also up 10 percent in the demo versus the previous week.

CBS's The Big Bang Theory (13.9 million viewers) and $#*! My Dad Says (10.9 million viewers) also climbed in the demo, leading CBS to win the night overall. Both shows had their highest-rated episodes since premiere week. CSI was steady with 13.9 million viewers.  

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Finishing third behind ABC for the night was Fox. Bones (9.1 million viewers) was on par with its last pre-World Series airing, while Fringe (5 million viewers) was down 10 percent in the demo.

NBC placed fourth. Community (4.6 million viewers) was down 21 percent from a week ago when it aired at 8:30, but was on par with its season average. 30 Rock (5.3 million viewers) was up 7 percent from its last original episode, Outsourced (5.8 million viewers) was steady and The Office (7.6 million viewers) was down four percent in the demo.

CW's Vampire Diaries (3.6 million viewers) and Nikita (2.5 million viewers) were both slightly down in the demo.