Led by the #1 program for the second Thursday of the new television season, CBS won the night for households with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ leading the way. It pulled in 17.75 million viewers on the first overnights. It was an easy slide from that lofty point on as ‘The Millers’ in their series premiere drew a 13.15 million set of eyeballs; followed by ‘The Crazy Ones’ which was viewed by 11.76 million; ‘Two and a Half Men’ followed with 9.26 million and the network’s only drama of the evening, ‘Elementary’ pulled in 9.24 million viewers.
ABC took the opposite approach as their lead program at 8P, ‘Scandal’ clip show drew a relatively small 5.74 million followed by ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ which lifted up the network with 9.29 million followed by the 10P season premiere of ‘Scandal’ which finished with 10.51 million viewers, a series high, a 71% improvement for the time slot compared to the same day and time last year.
FOX’s ‘X Factor’ barely drew 7 million viewers at 8P, down 35.48% compared to last season while ‘Glee’ dropped to 4.55 million, a 38.46% drop from last year.
NBC’s comedy lineup simply was DOA. At 8P, ‘Parks and Recreation’ pulled in 3.46 million; at 830P, ‘Welcome to the Family’ had a series premiere of a less than spectacular 3.32 million viewers; ‘Sean Saves the World’ series premiere at 9P brought in 4.90 million; while ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ had an evening high for the Peacock Network of 5.92 million. Then at 10P, ‘Parenthood’ fell back to earth with 4.84 million.
The CW’s ‘The Vampire Diaries’ season premiere pulled in a network high of 2.55 million viewers then the new series premiere of ‘The Originals’ managed 2.15 million. ‘Vampire’ performed 300% over the same time slot last year while ‘Originals’ were up 200%. It was a very good night to be part of The CW.
For the record, CBS had another terrific evening with 11.734 million average viewers, tops among all networks. However, it was down by nearly 1.5 million viewers compared to a year ago . ABC finished second with 8.545 million (+100,000); FOX drew 5.774 million viewers (down nearly 1 million viewers vs last season); while NBC pulled in 4.545 million (actually an increase of 1 million viewers). Univision has a terrific evening pulling in 3.5 million viewers and The CW had 2.348 million average viewers for the evening an increase of nearly 1.5 million viewers compared to the same day and programming slot last season. Telemundo finished with 1.1 million viewers. A Word Of Caution: NBC numbers could be lower due to the fact that in Cleveland, the NBC affiliate ran the NFL Network’s ‘Cleveland Browns vs Buffalo Bills’ football game. After all, it was the top program on all of cable for the evening as the NFL Network pulled in 6.686 million viewers. TBS drew 3.531 million for the Major League Baseball playoffs. This would place NFL Network #3 and TBS #6 for Thursday night.
In late night, CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ finished #1 with a 2.6 rating and a 7 share of audience, along with ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ which did the same.. NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ dropped to #3 with a 2.5/7. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ finished with a 1.7/6. The other late late night programming had NBC’s ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ finishing with a 1.3/5 and CBS’ ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ with 1.2/4. NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ finished with an average of 0.8/4 with an encore.
There was some shifting going on Thursday. Most notable, CBS dropped while The CW picked up. Older vs Younger? Perhaps they’re just…