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Thursday night’s ratings race included a surprisingly strong premiere for ABC’s Scandal, disappointments for NBC and it was business-as-usual at CBS with a big showing for The Big Bang Theory.
CBS won the night with an average of 11.73 million viewers and a 2.9 18-49 rating, topping the other networks in both stats, notes HitFix. The night kicked off with Big Bang, which scored 17.75 million viewers and a big 5.0 18-49 rating. The Millers’ premiere took full advantage, with 13.15 million viewers and a 3.3 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones did dip to 11.76 million viewers and a 2.9 key demo rating, while Two and a Half Men also fell to 9.25 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating. The network’s night ended with Elementary, which scored 9.24 million viewers and a 2.0 18-49 rating.
ABC was in second with 8.545 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo average. After a Scandal clip-show, Grey’s Anatomy had 9.4 million viewers and a 3.0 18-49 rating, down 12 percent from last week, notes TheWrap. Scandal had an impressive 10.5 million viewers and a 3.6 18-49 rating, up 71 percent over its previous season premiere. Clearly, all the awards attention star Kerry Washington has received is paying off.
NBC may have had football in the Cleveland market, but it didn’t really help the early Nielsen numbers. The network only averaged 4.545 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 rating. After Parks & Recreation (1.3 18-49 rating), Welcome to the Family flopped with just a 1.2 key demo rating and 3.32 million viewers. Sean Saves the World saw 4.8 million viewers and a 1.6, while Michael J. Fox Show sunk to 5.9 million and a 1.9 key demo rating.
Over at The CW, the premieres of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals averaged 2.35 million viewers and a 1.0 18-49 rating.