Ratings: ‘Heroes Reborn’ Rises Thursday, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Tops in Return to Night

UPDATED WITH FINALS: CBS opened its Thursday slate of entertainment series with unspectacular numbers, though the net’s “The Big Bang Theory” returned to the night as the No. 1-rated program. ABC’s drama lineup was about in line with recent results and led among the broadcasters in young adults, while NBC’s “Heroes Reborn” jumped to its best scores since September.

At NBC, “Heroes Reborn” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.97 million viewers overall) became the network’s latest program to rise in the ratings in its first outing since the end of DST (joining “The Voice,” “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” and “The Mysteries of Laura” earlier this week). The reboot of the 2006-2010 NBC series shot up 0.3 week to week in 18-49 for a five-week high, and saw an even bigger 60% growth spurt in adults 18-34 (0.8 vs. 0.5).

It was followed by “The Blacklist” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.44 million viewers overall), which was down a tick but tied CBS for second among the broadcasters in 18-49 for the 9 o’clock hour — the first time NBC has finished this high with the James Spader drama since its Thursday debut last February —  and “The Player” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.22 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s score. “Blacklist” continues to be among the biggest time-shifted gainers in 18-49 and is also the season’s most upscale-skewing drama, indexing at a 154 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100,000+ incomes.

At CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” (3.7/13 in 18-49, 14.81 million viewers overall) was about in line with its Monday results prior to last week’s spike on the night of the “Supergirl” premiere, and “Life in Pieces” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.88 million viewers overall) was back in the 50-55% retention range it had seen most weeks on Monday. “Mom” looked soft in its season premiere (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.28 million viewers overall), coming in about half a point lower than its average in the 9 p. m. slot last spring. A repeat “Big Bang Theory” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.21 million viewers overall) and the season premiere of “Elementary” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.58 million viewers overall) closed things out for the Eye.

At ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.3/8 in 18-49, 8.50 million viewers overall) withstood the return of “The Big Bang Theory” to perform in line with recent episodes as it returned after a week off, and “Scandal” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.03 million viewers overall) was down a tick to a season low but stood as the No. 1 series for the 9 o’clock hour in key demos. This is the first time that “Scandal” hasn’t built on the medical drama in 18-49.

Closing the night, “How to Get Away With Murder” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.49 million viewers overall) was up a tick from its series low of last week. Last Thursday’s “Murder” fared especially well in “live plus-3” delayed viewing, rising 1.5 points in 18-49 (a series-record 83% lift) to match the prior week (3.3) even though it had been down by 0.3 in same-day numbers.

Following the late local news, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” averaged a 2.5 household rating/7 share to tie NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and beat out CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (2.1/6). Featuring the first appearance on the show by Hillary Clinton, “Kimmel” matched its top Thursday rating since March. Fallon still prevailed in early 18-49 ratings (0.9), followed by Kimmel (0.7) and Colbert (0.5)

Fox’s “Bones” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.33 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.04 million viewers overall) both fell off from their crossover-boosted averages of last week. And CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.33 million viewers overall) and “The Originals” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.97 million viewers overall) held steady week to week.

In its first week as the exclusive home of “Thursday Night Football,” NFL Network won the night overall in 18-49 with its coverage of the game between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals (3.1 rating in 18-49, 8.79 million viewers overall). This is a good start for the franchise on the cable network, up both vs. its first game a year ago (2.3 in 18-49, 6.88 million viewers overall for New Orleans-Carolina) and the same Cleveland-Cincinnati matchup on the first Thursday of November last year (2.9 in 18-49, 8.3 million).

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