TV Ratings: 'Odd Couple' premiere, 'Two and a Half Men' finale boost CBS
Also looking ugly was the second week of "The Slap," which dipped below The Mulaney Line for NBC. Also staying below a 1.0 in the key demo was the third week of the struggling "Allegiance." Wedging between those two drama duds, "The Blacklist" hit a series low in viewers, but remained flat in the key demo.
On to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, ABC and CBS both did a 2.8 rating for Thursday night, tops in the key demographic. FOX was a distant second with a 1.5 key demo rating, followed by NBC's 1.1 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.5 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 12.1 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share for Thursday primetime, comfortably topping the 8.81 million viewers and 5.9/10 for ABC. FOX's 6.19 million viewers and 3.8/6 beat the 4.94 million viewers and 3.1/5 for NBC. The CW averaged a 0.8/1 and 1.22 million viewers for the night.
8 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with "The Big Bang Theory" (a primetime-best 17.17 million viewers and 4.4 key demo rating) and the premiere of "The Odd Couple" (13.57 million and a 3.1 key demo). FOX's "American Idol" was second overall with 8.87 million viewers, but third with a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, compared to the 8.07 million viewers and 2.5 key demo rating for ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." On NBC, "The Slap" slipped to 3.93 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating, nipping the 0.7 key demo rating for "The Vampire Diaries," though the CW drama was well behind with 1.41 million viewers.
9 p.m. - The "Two and a Half Men" finale averaged 13.2 million viewers to win the 9 p.m. hour and finished a close second with a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Scandal" was second with 9.53 million viewers and won the hour with a 3.2 key demo rating. NBC's "The Blacklist" averaged 7.49 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo rating for third followed, at a great distance, by the 3.51 million viewers and 0.9 key demo rating for FOX's "Backstrom." The CW's "Reign" averaged 1.03 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "How To Get Away With Murder" pushed ABC into first for the 10 p.m. hour with 8.84 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, beating the 8.05 million viewers and 1.5 key demo rating for CBS' "Elementary." NBC's "Allegiance" averaged 3.38 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating.
[UPDATE: Final Live+Same Day figures moved ABC up to a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, edging out the 2.8 rating for CBS to win Thursday in the key demo. "Scandal" and "How To Get Away With Murder" both ticked up in the key demographic to a 3.3 and 2.9 rating respectively. The whole thing is a bit of a mystery, though, because "Big Bang Theory" inched up to a 4.5 key demo rating and the "Two and a Half Men" finale went to a 3.2, but ABC still moved ahead. Everything else remained unchanged in the key demo.]
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.