All-Time High for ABC Series, All-Time Low for NBC Show in Thursday Ratings TVbytheNumbers

It was the best of times and the worst of times in the Thursday prime-time ratings, with one broadcast series hitting an all-time high while another series hit an all-time low, based on Nielsen overnights. reports that ABC’s “Scandal” came through with a series-high 2.7 rating in the key demo of adults 18-49, rising 8% from last week. NBC’s “Up All Night,” meanwhile, fell to a series-low 0.9, down from a 1.1 a week earlier.

CBS won the night easily, averaging a 3.4 rating for prime time, followed by ABC (2.3 average), Fox (2.2), Univision (1.8) and NBC (1.0). CBS also coasted to a big win in total viewers, averaging 13.3 million to 7.4 million for ABC, 6.5 million for Fox, 4.2 million for Univision and 3.4 million for NBC. The report notes that the numbers will be subject to more than the usual adjustments due to pre-emptions for live football coverage.

The top-rated show of the night was CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” which rose 4% from a week ago to a 5.4 average rating in the 18-49 demo. “Two and a Half Men” was also up, rising 5% to a 4.2. “Person of Interest was up 3% to a 3.0, and “Elementary” climbed 5% to a 2.3.

Fox’s “The X Factor” slipped 4% to a 2.4 in 18-49, while “Glee” dropped 9% to a 2.2.

ABC’s “Last Resort” was even with a week ago with a 1.2 average in viewers 18-49, while “Grey’s Anatomy” rose 3% from last week’s season low to a 3.1.

NBC saw a 1.1 for a second episode of “Up All Night,” down 8% from last week; a 1.2 for “Take It All,” 9% higher than Wednesday’s installment; and a 0.9 for “Rock Center,” down 10% from last week.