community xmas TV Ratings: 'Person of Interest' gives CBS a boost, 'Community' numbers downFast national ratings for Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

With CBS shows back after a couple weeks of reruns, FOX’s “The X Factor” didn’t get America’s vote. Though “The Big Bang Theory” was the most-watched show of the night, it was down significantly from its last new episode – though “Person of Interest” scored a possibly series high.

Meanwhile, NBC’s “Community” fall finale wasn’t helped by a surge of social media support — despite lots of trending topic love, it slipped slightly in the ratings.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (14.4 million, 8.8/14)/”Rules of Engagement” (10.9 million, 6.7/11)
FOX: “The X Factor” (9.9 million viewers, 5.9/9 households)
ABC: “Wipeout” (6.6 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: “Community” (3.6 million, 2.4/4)/”Parks and Recreation” (3.7 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” rerun (1.2 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (4.7) 9 p.m. CBS: “Person of Interest” (13.4 million, 8.4/13)
FOX: “Bones” (9.0 million, 8.4/13)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (6.4 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: “The Office” (5.7 million, 3.5/5)/”Whitney” (4.1 million, 2.6/4)
The CW: “The Secret Circle” rerun (873,000, 0.6/1) 18-49 leader: “Person of Interest” (3.0) 10 p.m. CBS: “The Mentalist” (13.7 million, 8.7/14)
ABC: “The Great Big American Auction” (4.7 million, 3.1/5)
NBC: “Grimm” (4.0 million, 2.6/4) 18-49 leader: “The Mentalist” (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable