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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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.