Big Bang Theory

Comedy has best perf since season premiere; no gains for struggling rookies on ABC and NBC

UPDATE: In the updated national estimates released Friday afternoon by Nielsen, “The Big Bang Theory” edged up to a 5.3 demo ratings and 18.94 million total viewers — its best demo score since its season premiere. In other good news for CBS, both “The Millers” (2.8) and “Crazy Ones” (2.2) held onto all of their preliminary averages, with the former hitting a five-week high and the latter a four-week high. ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” rounded up to a 2.6 in 18-49, matching last week.

Fox’s shows came down a bit in the nationals as expected: “X Factor” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.53m) was still up vs. last week, while “Glee” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.09m) matched its week-ago score. CW’s “Vampire Diaries” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.67m) didn’t budge from its morning demo score, while “Reign” dropped (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.81m) but was still on par with last week.

CW noted that it edged out NBC head-to-head in 18-49 (0.97 to 0.95), a network first.

NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints was the top cable show of the night (2.9/9 in 18-49, 7.68m).

CBS continues to be the network to beat on Thursday, especially when “The Big Bang Theory” is beating its combined competition in key demos. Meanwhile, it remains slow going on the night for first-year shows “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” on ABC and “Sean Saves the World” and “The Michael J. Fox Show” on NBC.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the Thanksgiving episode of “The Big Bang Theory” averaged a big 5.2 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 18.6 million viewers overall; and with an expected rise in the nationals, this will be the show’s best 18-49 score since its season premiere (5.5). In the 8 o’clock half-hour, “Big Bang” out-rated the combined tallies of ABC, CBS, Fox and CW (4.7).

CBS was generally up the whole night, with rookies “The Millers” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall) and “The Crazy Ones” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) looking to be up slightly from last week and vet “Two and a Half Men” holding steady (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall). Closing things out, “Elementary” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) matched its best 18-49 score since Oct. 10.

CBS was Thursday’s broadcast leader in adults 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers, making it wins on three straight nights in all three categories.

At ABC, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” remains low (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), holding at a 0.9 for a third straight week. It was followed by dramas “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and “Scandal” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), which were on par with last week and again were the broadcast leaders for their hours in 18-49.

Fox’s “The X Factor” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and “Glee” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) were both up from last week, though their preliminary numbers include a preemption for Saints football in New Orleans.

Ratings for CW are subject to change, as the network’s preliminary numbers include a preemption in Atlanta for Falcons football. In the prelims, “The Vampire Diaries” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) was in line with last week, while “Reign” was up (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall).

At NBC, an hour of “Parks and Recreation” managed a mere 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 2.8 million viewers overall. It was followed by rookies “Sean Saves the World” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) and “The Michael J. Fox Show” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), which were flat week to week in 18-49 and up a bit in total viewers, and “Parenthood” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), which matched its week-ago score.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.6/8; ABC, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.7/5; Fox, 1.6/5; CW, 1.1/3; NBC, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.0 million; ABC, 6.9 million; Fox, 5.2 million; Univision, 4.3 million; NBC, 3.1 million; CW, 2.5 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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