Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Top Steady Thursday

On a Thursday night that saw mostly steady results across the board, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” were the top performers and their respective networks finished on top as well.

NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” should challenge for the night’s lead in some demos, though last night’s Buffalo Bills-New York Jets matchup averaged a fairly modest 5.6 overnight household rating, according to Nielsen, down 23% from last week’s Cleveland-Cincinnati game (7.3). CBS carried “TNF” last night on its New York and Buffalo stations, so preliminary ratings for its Thursday programs — especially post-“The Big Bang Theory” — figure to be inflated.

In the prelims, “The Big Bang Theory” averaged a 3.8 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 15.3 million viewers overall, followed by “Life in Pieces” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall), “Mom” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), the season premiere of “2 Broke Girls” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) and “Elementary” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall). We’ll see how things shake out when Nielsen releases finals later today, but “Big Bang” will remain the No. 1 show of the night, and “Life in Pieces” and “Mom” appear to be in line with last week.

At ABC, which figures to win the night among the broadcasters in 18-49,  “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2/8 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) and “Scandal” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) tied as the No. 1 drama in 18-49 and were about in line with last week; while “Grey’s” was about average relative to the season, “Scandal” of late continues to score below-par numbers. Holding steady at 10 p.m. was “How to Get Away With Murder” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), which was steady or up slightly vs. last week in most categories. All three TGIT dramas have their fall finales next week.

At NBC, “Heroes Reborn” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) came back down after its week-ago spike but was in line with its prior three-week average. “The Blacklist” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) and “The Player” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) were also steady. “Heroes” and “Blacklist” both have their 2015 finales next week, which also marks the final episode for the canceled “Player.”

Also riding the Steady Train, Fox’s “Bones” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) matched their week-ago scores, as did CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and “The Originals” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).

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