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Thursday Night Ratings: Feeble Premiere for NBC's '30 Rock' as CBS Wins the Night TVbytheNumbers

Powered by a big number for “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS won Thursday night among the broadcast networks, based on Nielsen overnights, while the final season of NBC’s “30 Rock” premiered to disappointing ratings.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that “30 Rock” opened to a 1.3 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, down a hefty 28% from the 1.8 for the previous season premiere back in January.

CBS meanwhile, got a good second effort out of “The Big Bang Theory,” which delivered a 4.9 in the 18-49 demo to come in as the top show of the night. The number was down just one-tenth of a ratings point, or 2%, from the 5.0 the series scored in its season premiere a week ago.

Some adjustments are expected to the numbers for CBS because of an NFL simulcast in Phoenix, the report notes.

ABC got a decent performance from “Grey’s Anatomy,” although its 3.7 average in viewers 18-49 was off 16% from last week’s premiere.

CBS was strong across the board, with a 3.7 in 18-49 for “Two and a Half Men” (up 6% from a week ago) and a 3.1 for “Person of Interest” (up 7%). Its new show “Elementary” dipped to a 2.6, down 16% from last week’s series premiere.

Fox got a 3.1 average in the 18-49 demo for “The X Factor,” down 3% from last week, while “Glee” rose 8% to a 2.6.

ABC’s “Last Resort” drifted down to a 1.8 in 18-49, from a 2.2 for the premiere a week earlier, while “Scandal” held steady with a 2.1.

NBC’s “Up All Night” was even with a week ago with a 1.4 in viewers 18-49, and “The Office” held steady with a 2.1. “Parks and Recreation” was up 19% with a 1.9, and “Rock Center” surged 38% to a 1.1.

For prime time overall, CBS led the way with a 3.3 average rating in 18-49, followed by Fox (2.9 average), ABC (2.5), NBC (1.5) and Univision (1.5). CBS won total viewers with 13.3 million, followed by ABC (8.4 million), Fox (7.7 million), Univision (3.6 million) and NBC (3.5 million).