×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Thursday Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Scandal’ Hit Lows on Lightly Watched Night

Thursday’s two biggest series — CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and ABC’s “Scandal” — hit season lows last night as overall viewership levels were depressed on the eve of a holiday weekend. CBS, whose lineup was back after two weeks off, won the night in key demos, with its “Mom” catching “Scandal” in young adults.

According to Nielsen, only 17.8% of adults 18-24 were watching television during any average minute last night — down 16% from last week (when March Madness basketball on CBS and TBS) and 19.5% lower than last year. Spring breaks and pre-holiday happenings are the mostly likely drivers of the decline.

Looking at the Thursday numbers, “The Big Bang Theory” averaged a 3.2 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 13.4 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock half-hour, the top show of the night but down a steep 27% (1.2) from its prior original of three weeks ago (4.4) and easily the show’s season low. A year ago, its first episode back from its college basketball break did a 4.9 rating. (Easter was later in April last year.)

“The Odd Couple” also hit lows (1.9/7 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), down 24% (0.6) from its most recent episode but retaining a similar percentage of its “Big Bang” lead-in. “Odd Couple” was followed by a special repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall), and a new “Mom” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall). “Mom” was down just 0.2 from its last episode and earned a share of the 18-49 time period lead at 9:30 (tied with “Scandal”). “Elementary” closed things out (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), down to its lowest score since the fall but enough to win its hour among the major networks in all categories.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), “Scandal” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and “American Crime” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) were all at season lows. “Grey’s” was down 0.2 or 0.3 from last week (depending on whether it’s revised up to a 1.9, which is possible), and “Scandal” and “American Crime” both dropped 0.2 “Scandal” and “Grey’s” remained the night’s top two dramas in 18-49.

At NBC, “Dateline” continues to be a credible performer in the 8 o’clock hour (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and is helping lead-out “The Blacklist” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) avoid big drops. Though “Blacklist” matched its season low set last week, this was its most competitive finish relative to “Scandal” in 18-49, and it beat the ABC drama in total viewers for a third straight week. The finale of “The Slap” held steady (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “Bones” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) was down 0.2 from last week’s return, and “Backstrom” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) dropped a tenth.

CW aired special off-night repeats of “The Flash” at both 8 (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) and 9 (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.9/7; ABC, 1.7/6; NBC, 1.2/4; Fox, 0.9/3; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 8.9 million; ABC, 6.2 million; NBC, 5.8 million; Fox, 3.9 million; CW, 0.9 million.

More TV

  • Clark Gable III

    Clark Gable's Grandson, Who Hosted 'Cheaters,' Found Dead at 30

    Clark Gable’s grandson, Clark Gable III, died on Friday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Variety confirmed with the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was 30. “It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark,” his mother wrote on Instagram. “He passed this morning. I will always [...]

  • Amber Stevens West Keir Gilchrist Ben

    ATX Television Festival Adds 'Greek' Reunion, 'Atypical,' 'Perpetual Grace Ltd' to Lineup

    The eighth annual ATX Television Festival has added a “Greek” reunion and panels for Netflix’s “Atypical” and Epix’s “Perpetual Grace, Ltd” to its lineup. The former ABC Family dramedy “Greek” ran from 2007-2011 centering on a college freshman who wanted to change his image in college and therefore started a fraternity. Currently, the reunion panel [...]

  • jaime camil host tca awards

    Jaime Camil to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot From Alex Herschlag, Jennie Snyder Urman

    CBS has made a late pilot pickup, ordering a multi-camera comedy with “Jane the Virgin’s” Jaime Camil attached to star. The untitled project hails from writer and executive producer Alex Herschlag with “Jane the Virgin” creator Jennie Snyder Urman set to executive produce. In the project, when an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby (Camil) is [...]

  • LA's Finest - Season 1 -

    'L.A.'s Finest' Showrunners Hospitalized After On-Set Accident

    Co-showrunners and EPs Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier have been taken to hospital after an accident on the set of “L.A.’s Finest,” Variety has confirmed with sources. The accident occurred Thursday afternoon at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro where the show was shooting. Friday’s production of the show has been cancelled, Variety has [...]

  • THE ENEMY WITHIN -- "Pilot" Episode

    Jennifer Carpenter on Treating 'The Enemy Within' Character as 'Life After Death'

    After spending eight seasons on a premium cable drama (Showtime’s “Dexter”) and one on a broadcast procedural (CBS’ “Limitless”), Jennifer Carpenter is placing her bets back on broadcast. She stars as former CIA agent Erica Shepherd, who gave up classified information to some very bad people in order to keep her daughter safe, in the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content