Both shows up vs. last week; CW's 'Beauty' takes tumble

Strong deliveries by “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” set the pace for CBS on Thursday as the Eye prevailed in key demos. Elsewhere, ABC’s “Last Resort” appears to have edged up, while CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” tumbled in its second week.

All shows in the 8 o’clock hour likely benefited from Fox’s preemption of “The X Factor” for postseason baseball action.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS dominated Thursday’s opening hour with “The Big Bang Theory” (4.7 rating/15 share in adults 18-49, 15.4 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (4.0/11 in 18-49, 13.6 million viewers overall); both shows were up week to week, with “Men,” featuring guest star Miley Cyrus, gaining half a ratings point.

The net fell off from there with crime dramas “Person of Interest” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall), which ran second in demos and first in total viewers, and “Elementary” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), which was the top entertainment series in the 10 o’clock hour in most categories. The Sherlock Holmes drama “Elementary” was within a tick of its last original episode two weeks ago.

At ABC, “Last Resort” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) was up a tick week to week to rank second in demos, though its averages could be adjusted slightly due to a football preemption in San Francisco. “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) won the 9 o’clock hour in demos but was at its lowest level of the season, and “Scandal” held steady at 10 (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall).

NBC’s “30 Rock” held steady (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), and “Up All Night” was on the rise at 8:30 (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall). “The Office” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and “Parks and Recreation” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) were down from their most recent airings from 9 to 10, as was 10 p.m. newsmag “Rock Center” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

At CW, “The Vampire Diaries” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) was down about 25% from its season opener of last week, but was ahead of its second episode from last season. The net’s new “Beauty and the Beast” didn’t look so pretty in its second outing (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall), losing about 40% of its premiere audience, which was achieved opposite the vice presidential debate and thus faced no scripted Big Four competition.Ratings for Fox’s coverage of baseball’s National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are subject to revision, but the game averaged a 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8 to 11. The net should finish a bit ahead of NBC on the night in 18-49.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.1/9; ABC, 2.4/7; NBC, Fox and Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 1.0/3.

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