UPDATE: In updated Nielsen nationals released Friday afternoon, most of CBS’ lineup saw downward adjustments, while “The Big Bang Theory” (4.5/15 in 18-49, 16.90 million viewers overall) held at its prelim demo rating while coming down slightly in total viewers; this was the second straight week of gains for “Big Bang,” as viewers seem to have found the show on its new (old) night.

Though it came down 0.2 in the nationals, “Mom” hit a series high in 18-49 (2.6/8) and drew its second largest overall audience (11.07 million). “Two and a Half Men” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.75 million viewers overall) lost a tenth to match last week’s low, while “The McCarthys” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.36 million viewers overall) and “Elementary” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.53 million viewers overall) both shed two tenths to hit their lows.

There were no demo adjustments for ABC’s winning lineup, though all three shows went up slightly in total viewers. The only non-CBS show to change in the nationals was Fox’s “Bones,” which edged up a tenth (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.50 million viewers overall) to match its score of the prior two weeks.

Among networks, the total-viewer derby was closer but CBS prevailed over ABC (9.40 million to 9.22 million). The Alphabet won over runner-up CBS by 0.7 in 18-49 and 0.3 in 25-54.

NFL Network’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins averaged a 2.8 demo rating and 7.79 million total viewers, down a bit from last week’s Cleveland-Cincinnati matchup.


One week from their fall finales, ABC dramas “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” impressed once again last night, winning for the net in key demos while everybody else — with the exception of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” again Thursday’s No. 1 program — took a backseat.

“Scandal” was up 10% week-to-week to hit a six-week high in adults 18-49 (3.2 rating/9 share, 10.0 million viewers overall), according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, winning the 9 o’clock hour by 3 shares over the CBS comedies and also prevailing in total viewers.

“Grey’s Anatomy” had another solid outing kicking off the night (2.4/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall), placing second among the broadcasters in demos and matching last week’s average. And following “Scandal” at 10 p.m., rookie “How to Get Away With Murder” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) was up a tick to hit a three-week high and easily beat the combined 18-49 scores of “Elementary” and “Parenthood” in the hour.

Compared to the same November sweep night of a year ago, ABC’s Thursday lineup was up 33% in adults 18-49 and 30% in total viewers. The night figures to take a tumble in coming weeks when the dramas take a two-month break, but season-to-date the net is up vs. its Thursday average of last year by more than 20% in both demos and total viewers.

Ratings for CBS are subject to revision due to preemptions in both Miami and Buffalo for the evening’s “Thursday Night Football” game telecast nationally on NFL Network, but “The Big Bang Theory” (prelim 4.5/15 in 18-49, 17.1 million viewers overall) will again rule as the night’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (6.3/17) and total viewers.

Comedies “Mom” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall), “Two and a Half Men” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and “The McCarthys” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) all were up from their national averages of last week, though they’re expected to come down from their football-inflated prelims; at its current number, “Mom” was at a series high. Drama “Elementary” remained at its low level closing out the night (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “Bones” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) was down a tenth to its low, and “Gracepoint” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) edged up week to week.

NBC opened with “The Biggest Loser” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which was steady week to week and pulled into a tie with Fox’s “Bones” for a deep third-place finish behind CBS and ABC. It was followed by lame-duck comedies “Bad Judge” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and “A to Z” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall), with the former steady and the latter falling to its low, and “Parenthood” (season-low 1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall).

CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” again hit a low in the prelims (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), though it has often been adjusted up to a 0.8 in the nationals. And “Reign” held steady (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.8/9; CBS, 2.3/7; Univision, 1.1/3; NBC and Fox, 1.0/3; CW and Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.9 million; ABC, 9.2 million; Fox, 4.5 million; NBC, 3.7 million; Univision, 2.8 million; CW and Telemundo, 1.4 million.