The Season 7 premiere of Bones marked the show's highest opener in three years.
Up 22 percent from last season's premiere, Bones pulled in 10 million total viewers on Thursday, topping ABC's Grey's Anatomy, which garnered 9.3 million viewers. In the advertised-prized 18-49 demo, though, Grey's beat Bones, 3.5 to 3.3. Overall, CBS won the hour with Person of Interest (11.66 million and NBC's The Office (6.05 million) and Whitney (4.33 million/2.1) came in fourth. The CW's The Secret Circle nabbed 2.27 million viewers.
In 8 o'clock hour, CBS' The Big Bang Theory pulled in a whopping 15.49 million total viewers and a 5.1 rating in the demo. X Factor followed with 11.28 million and a 3.6 rating. The already canceled Charlie's Angels had 5.38 million viewers and a 1.2 rating for ABC. NBC's Community had 3.87 million/1.7 and The Vampire Diaries fell slightly behind with 3.34 million/1.5. At 8:30/7:30c, Rules of Engagement hit a Thursday high (11.9 million/3.7), while Parks and Recreation had just 3.94 million viewers and a 2.0 in the demo.
In the final hour of prime time, The Mentalist on CBS won with 13.46 million total viewers and a 2.9 rating. ABC's Private Practice followed with 6.76 million and a 2.6 in the demo. Prime Suspect on NBC came in last with 4.47 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating.