TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' leads CBS Thursday, while 'Hannibal' premiere struggles
'American Idol' is slightly up, but cant boost 'New Girl'
Follow HitFix: Follow @hitfix
"American Idol" had its first positive week-to-week news in a while, but still got crushed by CBS' "The Big Theory," which was also up from its last airing and let the network to Thursday wins in all measures.
In a competitive 10 p.m. hour, NBC's "Hannibal" came in 20 percent below last spring's launch for "Awake," though it had tough competition from "Scandal" and "Elementary." "Awake," in contrast, premiered against repeats and with a better lead-in than last night's dismal Thursday premiere for "Go In." Oh and "Hannibal" did far better than "Do No Harm." So there's that.
And for the second consecutive week -- "Raising Hope" last week and "New Girl" this week -- a FOX had a lesser performance among young viewers with "American Idol" as its lead-in than it had in its prior regularly scheduled Tuesday performance.
For the night, CBS averaged a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49, tops in the key demographic. FOX averaged a 2.3 rating for second, holding off ABC's 2.2 key demo rating. NBC's 1.4 key demo rating and the 0.3 key demo rating for The CW followed.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 13.29 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/13 share, easily topping FOX's 4.8/8 and 7.73 million viewers. ABC's 4.7/8 and 6.87 million viewers finished third, doubling the 2.1/3 and 3.3 million viewers for NBC. The CW averaged a 0.6/1 and 955,000 viewers for a night of repeats.
8 p.m. - "The Big Bang Theory" (16.785 million and a 4.9 key demo) and "Two and a Half Men" (13.58 million and a 3.8 key demo) had no trouble winning their slots and giving the 8 p.m. hour to CBS. "American Idol" averaged 11.275 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, which is low by "Idol" standards, but still up from last week. ABC's "Wife Swap" averaged 4.1 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. NBC's "Community" averaged 2.41 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating for a series low and lead into 2.92 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating for "Parks and Recreation." The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" repeat averaged 1.16 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - "Person of Interest" was down from its last airing, but still won the 9 p.m. hour for CBS with 14.34 million viewers and tied for first with a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" also did a 2.7 key demo rating and averaged 8.39 million viewers in second. FOX was third with "New Girl" (4.87 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo) and "The Mindy Project" (3.52 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo), which beat NBC's "The Office" (3.42 million and a 1.7 key demo) and "Go On" (2.43 million and a 1.1 key demo). The CW's repeat of "Beauty and the Beast" averaged 751,000 viewers and a 0.2 key demo.
10 p.m. - "Elementary" finished CBS' overall sweep with 10.36 million viewers, but finished second with a 2.1 key demo rating, both numbers down from its last airing. ABC's "Scandal" was second with 8.11 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Hannibal" averaged 4.31 million viewers and a 1.6 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.
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
Looking for something to watch?
Let Streaming Genie help you.
Let Streaming Genie help you.