CBS saw a number of shows lose ratings momentum Thursday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo. But TVbytheNumbers.com reports that even with two shows equaling their all-time lows in the demo, CBS was able to win the night.
"The Big Bang Theory" gets a lot of credit for the CBS win. Even losing six-tenths of a ratings point from its previous original episode, "Bang’s" 5.1 average in 18-49 was by far the best number for any show on broadcast Thursday night. The closest any other program came was a 3.1 average for Fox’s "American Idol," which was down three-tenths from a week ago.
CBS’s "Two and a Half Men" and "The Crazy Ones" both delivered 1.9 averages in the 18-49 demo, with both shows falling a half-point from their previous originals and both matching their series lows. "The Millers" was also down a half-point, to a 2.8 average. "Elementary" equaled its previous 2.0.
Fox led out from "Idol" with "Rake," which dipped four-tenths from last week to a 1.3 average in viewers 18-49.
NBC got its best result from its two-hour special "Saturday Night Live Presents: an ‘SNL’ Sports Spectacular," which delivered a 1.8 average in the 18-49 demo. "Community" and "Parks & Recreation" both matched last week’s numbers — a 1.1 for "Community" and a 1.2 for "Parks."
ABC’s two-hour "The Taste" slipped one-tenth from a week ago to a 1.0 — the same number delivered by a "Shark Tank" repeat at 10 p.m.
For prime time overall, CBS led the broadcast nets with a 2.6 average in adults 18-49, followed by Fox (2.2 average), NBC (1.6), Univision (1.3) and ABC (1.0). CBS won total viewers with 11.3 million, ahead of Fox (8.3 million), NBC (4.2 million), ABC (3.6 million) and Univision (3.2 million).