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CBS in control on Thursday

'Person of Interest' rises; 'Glee,' 'Parks' up too

CBS has notched its second straight Thursday demo victory to start the season, though “Elementary” dropped off some from its good premiere. ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” came back to earth in its second week, allowing timeslot rivals to show week-to-week gains.

Another first-year drama, ABC’s “Last Resort,” also fell off in its second try. But like “Elementary,” it was a strong DVR performer with its pilot episode and both shows could make up lost same-night audience in playback over the weekend.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS controlled Thursday’s opening hour with “The Big Bang Theory” (4.9/16 in 18-49, 15.4 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (3.7/11 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall), with the former again the night’s No. 1 show and the latter rising a bit vs. its week-earlier premiere and holding on to a little bit more of that potent lead-in.

With “Men” improving on last year’s “How to Be a Gentleman” by a big 37%, 9 p.m. drama “Person of Interest” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 14.6 million viewers overall) showed both week-to-week and year-over-year gains to rank a solid second in demos; like every CBS program on the night, it also dominated in total viewers.

And at 10, “Elementary” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) was down about 15% week to week and matched last year’s “Mentalist” in the timeslot. It handily bested its broadcast rivals and gave CBS a sizable adults 25-54 edge in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour leading into the late local news (3.4 to 2.4 for ABC).

Fox had a pretty good night, as “The X Factor” ran second at 8 p.m. (3.1/10 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), down a smidge week to week, and “Glee” was on the upswing at 9 (2.6/7 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), ranking third in 18-49 and second in younger, female demos.

At ABC, “Last Resort” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) declined 18% from its premiere, placing third among the Big Four but still better than the second episode of last year’s “Charlie’s Angels” in the timeslot. “Grey’s Anatomy” followed with another good showing (projected 3.8/10 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall from 9 to 10:02 p.m.), winning its hour in key demos (despite a 14% week to week falloff) and slightly outperforming last year’s second seg.

The Alphabet’s 10 p.m. drama “Scandal” (projected 2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall from 10:02 to 11 p.m.) was roughly on par with last week, though it was well off what “Private Practice” did in the hour a year ago.

NBC, which only aired in about 97% of the country due to football preemptions last week, was up slightly week to week — although “30 Rock” didn’t do much in its season premiere in the leadoff slot (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall). From there, “Up All Night” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) and “The Office” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) held steady week to week, while “Parks and Recreation” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and “Rock Center” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) both gain three-tenths. “Parks” retained a strong 90% of its “Office” lead-in and logged the net’s best in-season score in the timeslot since mid-January.

CW aired the finale of music contest “The Next” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) and will debut its lineup of “The Vampire Diaries” and the new “Beauty and the Beast” next week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.3/10; Fox, 2.9/8; ABC, 2.5/7; NBC and Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.3 million; ABC, 8.4 million; Fox, 7.7 million; Univision, 3.6 million; NBC, 3.5 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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