'Big Bang' beats rivals combined opening night

Led by a monster performance by “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS has won the final Thursday of the season with repeats of its regular lineup.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, an encore episode of “The Big Bang Theory” averaged a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock half-hour, up 14% from its repeat of the previous week and 18% better than its rerun on the comparable night a year ago. It beat the combined deliveries of ABC, NBC and Fox in 18-49.

“Big Bang” was followed by encores of “Two and a Half Men” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), “Person of Interest” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall) and “Elementary” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall).

Univision ran second, led by “Amores Verdaderos” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) in the 9 o’clock hour.

Elsewhere, it was slim pickings as ABC placed a distant third with encores of special “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and drama regulars “Grey’s Anatomy” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “Scandal” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall).

NBC aired repeats of Thursday regulars “30 Rock” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), “Up All Night” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall), “The Office” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) and “Parks and Recreation” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) followed by an original edition of “Rock Center” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

Fox went with four special encores of “The Mindy Project,” which averaged a 0.7/2 in 18-49 and 1.8 million viewers overall. And CW aired reruns of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.7/5; ABC, 0.9/3; NBC, 0.8/2; Fox, 0.7/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.6 million; Univision, 4.1 million; ABC, 3.6 million; NBC, 2.6 million; Fox, 1.8 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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