Among several Thursday notables, NBC's "Community
" was able to withstand the new "Big Bang" episode, basically duplicating last week's ratings, which weren't exactly great, but sometimes you have to take good-ish news with grains of salt. "Parks and Recreation
" was also stable with last week.
" took a big drop in its second week, proving to be particularly weak in the young demos that have traditionally been the bread and butter for its "American Idol" lead-in.
Finally, "The Vampire Diaries" was down a hair for The CW, but "Reign
" was flat week-to-week, with counts as good news for that network.
On to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.6 rating for Thursday night, topping FOX's 2.2 rating in the key demographic. NBC was third with a 1.6 key demo rating, followed by ABC's 1.0 key demo rating and The CW's 0.8 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 11.3 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/11 share for Thursday primetime, again beating FOX's 8.27 million viewers and 5.0/8 for the night. NBC was third with 4.155 million viewers and a 2.6/4, edging out the 2.4/4 and 3.6 million viewers for ABC. The CW did a 1.3/2 and 2.02 million viewers for the night.
8 p.m. -
CBS won the 8 p.m. hour easily with "The Big Bang Theory" (18.875 million viewers and a 5.1 key demo rating) and "The Millers
" (11.79 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating). FOX's "American Idol" was second with 11.23 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49. [FOX would prefer to emphasize that "Idol" was only down 6 percent from last week and that "Big Bang Theory" was off by 11 percent from its last original.] ABC's "The Taste" was third overall with 3.41 million viewers, but finished fifth in the key demo with a 0.9 rating. NBC's "Community" (2.99 million and a 1.1 key demo) and "Parks and Recreation" (2.95 million and a 1.2 key demo) stood their ground in fourth overall and third in the key demo. The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was fifth with 2.355 million viewers and fourth with a 1.0 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
CBS stayed in first for the 9 p.m. hour with "The Crazy Ones
" (8.27 million and a 1.9 key demo) and "Two and a Half Men" (8.545 million and a 1.9 key demo). FOX's "Rake" was second with 5.3 million viewers and third with a 1.3 key demo rating. NBC was third with the redundantly titled "Saturday Night Live Presents an SNL Sports Spectacular" special, which averaged 4.75 million viewers, coming in second with a 1.7 key demo rating. ABC's "The Taste" was fourth with 3.65 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. On The CW, "Reign" averaged 1.69 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.
10 p.m. -
" completed CBS' primetime sweep with a well-above-season-averaged 10.16 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49, its biggest audience since the season premiere. NBC's "SNL" special was second with 4.74 million viewers and a 1.8 key demo rating, beating the 3.75 million viewers and 1.0 key demo rating for a "Shark Tank" repeat on ABC.
[UPDATE: Lots of Thursday shows got little bumps in Final Live+Same Day numbers. "The Big Bang Theory" ticked up to 19.05 million and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49, while "American Idol" rose to 11.42 million and a 3.2 key demo rating. "Community" stayed with a 1.1 key demo rating, but rose to 3.01 million, while "Parks and Recreation" rose to a 1.3 in the key demo and also leap-frogged "Community" with 3.03 million viewers. The big loser was, as usual, "The Millers" which dropped to 11.5 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating. "Two and a Half Men" ticked up to a 2.0 key demo rating to edge out "The Crazy Ones," which stayed steady with a 1.9 key demo rating. And while "Elementary" dropped to a 1.9 key demo rating, it rose to 10.34 million total viewers, its biggest audience of the season.]
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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