As usual, "The Big Bang Theory
" was Thursday's top show in all measures and, as usual, it lifted CBS to primetime wins in most measures, even though the network lost young viewers with each half-hour.
Thursday offered a slew of mixed results.
If you want positives, an out-of-schedule hour of "The Voice" did low ratings by the NBC hit's standards, but it also gave a huge boost to "Sean Saves The World," as well as a smaller boost to "The Michael J. Fox Show
" and "Parenthood
," as NBC's entire Thursday lineup made it over the four million viewer plateau. [NBC had the Thursday Night Football game in Washington, so there could be some slippage.]
"The Voice" also sent FOX's frantic 13-performance "The X Factor" to series lows for a regular episode, as "Glee" was forced to improve upon its lead-in the 9 p.m. hour.
And as bad as that "Voice" number was, it still beat ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," which dipped below a 1.0 in the key demo and cost ABC the night among young viewers.
On to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, CBS won Thursday with a 2.5 rating, capturing the key demographic entirely on the strength of that "Big Bang Theory" performance. ABC was second with a 2.1 key demo rating, winning the 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. hours. NBC was third with a 1.9 key demo rating, followed by FOX's 1.4 key demo rating and the 0.9 key demo rating for The CW.
Overall, CBS won easily with an estimated 10.17 million viewers and a 6.3 rating/10 share for Thursday night, far ahead of ABC's 6.89 million viewers and 4.8/8. NBC was a close third with 6.56 million viewers and a 4.2/7, beating FOX's 2.4/4 and 3.82 million viewers. The CW averaged a 1.4/2 and 2.13 million viewers.
8 p.m. -
CBS started the night in first with "The Big Bang Theory" (16.59 million viewers and a 4.8 key demo rating) and "The Millers
" (8.07 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo). NBC's "The Voice" was second with 10.23 million viewers and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "The X Factor" averaged a weak 3.64 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating, which still beat the 3.54 million viewers and 0.9 key demo rating for "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland." The CW's "The Vampire Diaries
" averaged 2.57 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating (a big bump if there weren't NFL preemptions somewhere).
9 p.m. -
CBS won the 9 p.m. hour overall and finished second among adults 18-49 with "The Crazy Ones
" (8.07 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo) and "Two and a Half Men" (8.14 million and a 2.0 key demo). ABC's "Grey's Anatomy
" was second with 8.55 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.7 key demo rating. NBC was third with sure-to-dip-slightly numbers for "Sean Saves The World" (5.58 million and a 1.7 key demo) and "The Michael J. Fox Show" (4.24 million and a 1.3 key demo). FOX's "Glee" averaged 4 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating, down steeply (but not surprisingly) from the show's Cory Monteith tribute episode, but also down a hair from the show's last pre-"Quarterback" episode. The CW's "Reign
" averaged 1.7 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
10 p.m. -
" won the 10 p.m. hour overall with 8.76 million viewers and finishes second with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Scandal" was second with 8.59 million and won the hour with a 2.7 key demo rating. NBC's "Parenthood" had an up week with 4.53 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating.
In Final Nationals, nearly everything on NBC took a big drop. "The Voice" went to a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49, "Sean Saves the World
" to a 1.4 rating, "Michael J. Fox Show" to a 1.0 rating and "Parenthood" to a 1.3 rating. That's the power of football. "Scandal" went up to a 2.8 rating in the key demo, moving ahead of "Grey's Anatomy," which was flat. "The Vampire Diaries" bumped up to a 1.3 key demo rating, "Elementary" rose to a 1.8 key demo rating and "The Big Bang Theory" ticked up to a 4.9 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.
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