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Thursday night was a busy one in television. The Big Bang Theory, the last episode of 30 Rock and American Idol all went head-to-head, while NBC premiered its new drama Do No Harm. Unfortunately, it did a lot of harm to the network.
With the dust settled, CBS came in first with an average of 14.01 million viewers and a 3.4 18-49 rating. According to HitFix, Big Bang kicked off the night with a whopping 17.51 million viewers and a 5.3 18-49 rating, easily beating Idol during the half-hour. Two and a Half Men followed with 13.72 million viewers and a 3.9 18-49 rating. Person of Interest scored 15.62 million viewers and a 3.2 18-49 rating, while Elementary had 10.8 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating.
Fox came in second with 9.63 million viewers and a 3.3 18-49 rating. Idol had 13.73 million viewers and a 4.5 18-49 rating. Deadline reports that Glee slid 19 percent, drawing 5.54 million and a 2.1 key demo rating.
ABC had 7.15 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating. After a Shark Tank repeat, Grey’s Anatomy had 8.77 million viewers and a 2.8 18-49 rating. Although Scandal had just over 8 million viewers, it did draw a 2.7 18-49 rating.
Despite some high-profile episodes, NBC was in fourth with just over 4 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 rating. 30 Rock’s finale had 4.8 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating, its best rating since March 2013, notes The Wrap. It was also the most viewers for the show since January 2011. An hour of The Office had 4.23 million viewers and a 2.0 18-49 rating.
Do No Harm tanked. The show drew just 3.13 million viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating. That’s the lowest-rated debut for any scripted show on the main networks ever, notes Deadline.
The CW’s Vampire Diaries had 2.57 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating, while Beauty & The Beast had 1.73 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating.