Comedies push CBS to primetime win

ABC rallies to silver medal with "Grey's," "Scandal"

With a fast start thanks to “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS coasted to victory in primetime Thursday in the 18-49 demo and among overall viewers.

ABC was second on the evening thanks to dramas “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”

CBS won only the first hour of the night, but “Big Bang” (5.4 rating/17 share in 18-49, 16.8 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (4.2/12, 13.6 million) were so dominant that the Eye was able to hold on despite narrow demo losses at 9 and 10 p.m. All four CBS programs had modest gains compared to the prior week.

The next-closest competitor behind CBS at 8 p.m. was Fox with “The X Factor” (2.4/7, 7.7 million). ABC drama “Last Resort” (1.2/3, 5.5 million) and the CW’s midseason finale for “The Vampire Diaries” (1.2/4, 2.7 million) limped in behind, with NBC’s double-shot of “Up All Night” (1.0/3, 2.7 million for the pair) finishing fifth in the hour.

ABC rallied at 9 p.m., ekeing out a narrow 18-49 victory with “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.1/8, 8.8 million), recovering slightly from a season low the week before. CBS’ “Person of Interest” (3.0/8, 14.2 million) narrowly lost in the demo but won easily in overall viewers, with Fox’s “Glee” (2.0/5, 5.3 million) taking the bronze.

NBC gameshow “Take It All” (1.2/3, 3.9 million) showed minor improvement over the previous night and put the Peacock ahead of the CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” (0.6/2, 1.6 million).

At 10 p.m., ABC also won in the demo with “Scandal” (2.7/7, 7.8 million), which hit a series high for the second week in a row, but lost in overall viewers to CBS’ “Elementary” (2.3/6, 10.6 million). Completing a dreary night for NBC, “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (0.9/2, 3.4 million) brought up the rear.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 3.4/10, ABC 2.3/6, Fox 2.2/6, NBC 1.0/3, CW 0.9/3.

In total viewers: CBS 13.3 million, ABC 7.4 million, Fox 6.5 million, NBC 3.4 million, CW 2.2 million.

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