CBS coasted to a ratings win Thursday night even as its top show of the night fell to a season low, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that "The Big Bang Theory" hit a season-low 3.7 average rating in 18-49, plummeting eight-tenths from the 4.5 it delivered a week ago. It was still easily the top show of Thursday's broadcast prime, both in the key demo and in total viewers, where it averaged 14.17 million.
CBS's "The Millers" and "Elementary" both matched their series lows in viewers 18-49 — a 2.0 for "Millers," equaling last week's number, and a 1.5 for "Elementary," slipping one-tenth. "Two and a Half Men" equaled last week's 2.1 while "Bad Teacher" dipped one-tenth to a 1.3.
Second-place Fox had mixed results, as the half-hour "American Idol" ticked up one-tenth to a 1.6 after hitting a series low last week. "Hell's Kitchen" was off one-tenth with a 1.5, while the recently canceled "Surviving Jack" rose two-tenths to a 1.2 after hitting a series low one week ago.
ABC opened prime time with a "Grey's Anatomy" repeat (0.6 average in 18-49), then saw a fresh installment of "Grey's" lose three-tenths from a week ago and settle for a 2.3. "Black Box" fell two-tenths in the 10 p.m. slot to a 1.1.
NBC had "Hollywood Game Night," which equaled its previous original with a 0.9 average in adults 18-49, and the two-hour special "American Comedy Awards," which managed a 1.0.
For prime time overall, CBS's 2.0 was the best number among the broadcast nets in viewers 18-49, followed by Fox (1.5 average), ABC (1.3), Univision (1.2) and NBC (1.0). CBS easily won total viewers by averaging 8.8 million, followed by ABC (4.94 million), Fox (4.90 million), NBC (3.2 million) and Univision (2.9 million).