All of your favorite shows were down on Thursday night. You name it, it dropped, either in overall viewership or young viewership on a sluggish evening that was won by CBS overall and FOX in the key demographic.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.0 rating for Thursday night, edging out CBS' 2.9 rating in the key demographic, though of course CBS won the 8-10 p.m. portion of primetime actually shared by both networks. ABC was third with a 2.1 rating, followed by NBC's 1.1 rating and the 0.4 rating for The CW.
Overall, though, CBS won the night easily with 12.28 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/13 share. FOX was second with a 6.5/11 and 10.62 million viewers, far ahead of ABC's 5.1/9 and 7.56 million. NBC averaged a dismal 2.69 million viewers and a 1.8/3 for Thursday primetime, at least beating The CW's 964,000 and 0.6/1 for repeats.
[Univision averaged 3.57 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 for Thursday night.]
8 p.m. -
"American Idol" won the 8 p.m. hour for FOX with 13.785 million viewers and a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49. CBS was second with "The Big Bang Theory" (13.05 million viewers and a 4.2 key demo rating, beating "Idol") and "Rules of Engagement
" (8.79 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo rating). ABC's "Missing" averaged 7.16 million viewers, down from last week, and a steady 1.4 key demo rating. NBC was far back in fourth with "Community" (3.1 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo) and "30 Rock
" (2.82 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating). The CW's repeat of "The Vampire Diaries
" averaged 1.105 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
"Person of Interest
" was down from recent airings, but still won the 9 p.m. hour for CBS with 13.465 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49. ABC was second with 8.075 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating for a low-rated episode of "Grey's Anatomy." FOX's "Touch" took a big drop to 7.45 million viewers and a 2.3 key demo rating in third. NBC lagged along in fourth with a "The Office" repeat (2.55 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo) and a new "Up All Night" (2.62 million and a 1.1 key demo). The CW's repeat of "The Secret Circle
" averaged 823,000 viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. -
" closed primetime in first for CBS with 12.48 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Scandal" averaged 7.45 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating for its premiere, a slightly larger audience than the last new "Private Practice," but slightly lower in the key demo, albeit with that weaker-than-average "Anatomy" lead-in. NBC's "Awake" took another big fall overall, averaging 2.54 million viewers, and sliding slightly to a 0.9 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.