The Mentalist was no match for Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People special on Thursday.
The CBS procedural hit a series low, drawing 13.4 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. Walters' ABC special, which featured Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the Jersey Shore cast among others, attracted 12.2 million viewers and a 3.2 rating in the demo.
CBS comedy $#*! My Dad Says also hit a season low of 9.5 million viewers and a 2.7 rating, following The Big Bang Theory, which drew 12.1 million and a 3.8 rating. CSI won the 9/8c hour with 13.1 million and a 3.0 rating.
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