‘Big Bang,’ CBS Top Thursday Primetime

Big Bang Theory

ABC wins 9-11 p.m. hours in 18-49 but struggles at 8 p.m.

Led by “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS brought home a victory in the Thursday primetime ratings, in both overall viewers and those 18-49, despite losing the demo from 9-11 p.m. to ABC.

NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” returned from its brief hiatus with two new episodes, registering typical overnight numbers (according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen) and finishing third in its timeslot.

“Big Bang” (5.1 rating/16 share in 18-49, 18.0 million viewers overall) dominated at 8 p.m., with “The Millers” (2.7/8, 11.3 million) losing the better part of half the lead-in audience but still finishing ahead of Fox’s “The X-Factor” (1.4/4, 5.3 million).

“The Vampire Diaries” on the CW (1.3/4, 2.7 million) came in third in the hour among 18-49 viewers, ahead of the Peacock’s “Parks” (1.2/4, 3.3 million) and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (0.9/3, 3.7 million). “Vampire” also beat “Parks,” “Wonderland” and “X-Factor” in 18-34.

ABC rallied from fifth to first in the demo at 9 p.m., thanks to Grey’s Anatomy (2.6/7, 8.5 million). CBS was second in the time period with “The Crazy Ones” (2.1/6, 8.7 million) and “Two and a Half Men” (2.1/6, 8.6 million), followed by Fox’s “Glee” (1.5/4, 4.5 million).

Demo ratings for NBC’s “Sean Saves the World” (1.0/3, 3.1 million) and “The Michael J. Fox Show” (1.0/3, 2.9 million) barely remained at integer level, with the CW’s “Reign” (0.7/2, 1.7 million) running below.

The Alphabet net remained supreme at 10 p.m. with “Scandal” (2.9/8, 8.9 million), which trumped CBS’ “Elementary” (1.6/5, 8.4 million) and NBC’s “Parenthood” (1.3/4, 4.1 million). “Parenthood” did deliver a six-week high for the Peacock.

For comparison, “Scandal” a year ago drew 2.0/6 in 18-49 and 6.0 million overall.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 2.5/7, ABC 2.1/6, Fox 1.4/4, Univision 1.2/4, NBC 1.1/3, CW 1.0/3.

In total viewers: CBS 10.6 million, ABC 7.0 million, Fox 4.9 million, NBC 3.5 million, Univision 3.2 million, CW 2.2 million.

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  1. Koblog says:

    CBS better watch where it’s going with Big Bang.

    The 11/14/13 “Itchy Sweater” episode took the Sheldon Cooper character into dark, vindictive and, as the Amy character put it, “diabolical” territory.

    The show is perilously close to “jumping the shark” and going beyond the audience’s ability to suspend disbelief. It’s already difficult to sustain the conceit that the Leonard character needs to put up with such an insufferable roommate for financial or social reasons when the Penny character lives on her own on a waitress’s salary.

    Thursday’s episode took the Sheldon character into self-absorbed, narcissistic, I’ll-do-what-I-want-even-if-it-hurts-you-because-I’m-a-genius-and-I’m-not-crazy-or-stupid Barack Obama territory.

    In other words, a little too close to reality for TV.

  2. SFSolstice says:

    What does it mean for “The Millers” that nearly seven (7M) million viewers changed the channel or turned off the TV after watching “The Big Bang Theory” instead of hanging around to watch them? If they didn’t have TBBT as an incredibly strong lead in, I doubt this show would even survive. It’s tedious.

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