TV Ratings: Low ‘Big Bang Theory’ leads Thursday, ‘Slap’ sallies forth silently

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 2, 2015.

CBS' “The Big Bang Theory” plummeted in its latest Thursday airing, but it was still the night's top show in all measures and led CBS to easy primetime wins in all measures.

Thursday was, in fact, full of low numbers as “Grey's Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “American Crime,” “Bones,” “Backstrom” and CBS' whole lineup got ugly.

“The Slap” almost deserves some sort of award for not falling in its series finale, though it's difficult for a broadcast network to fall much below a 0.7 for new programming.

Presumably the upcoming holiday — Easter, Passover, etc — weekend is responsible for the Thursday doldrums, but who really knows?

Let's get to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.9 rating for Thursday night, topping ABC's 1.7 rating in the key demographic. NBC averaged a 1.2 key demo rating, followed by the 0.9 key demo rating for FOX. The CW averaged a 0.2 key demo rating for the night.

Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 8.91 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/10 share for Thursday night. ABC was a distant second with 6.17 million viewers and a 4.3/8, followed closely by NBC's 5.79 million viewers and 3.7/7. FOX was fourth with 3.915 million viewers and a 2.4/4. The CW's repeats averaged 880,000 viewers and a 0.6/1 for Thursday.

8 p.m. – CBS started the night in first with “The Big Bang Theory” (13.35 million and a 3.2 key demo rating) and “The Odd Couple” (8.71 million and a 1.9 key demo rating). ABC's “Grey's Anatomy” drew 6.6 million viewers and a 1.8 key demo rating, topping the 6.52 million viewers and 1.3 key demo rating for NBC's “Dateline: The Real Blacklist.” FOX's “Bones” was fourth with 4.65 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating. On The CW, a repeat of “The Flash” averaged 913,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.

9 p.m. – CBS stayed in first overall and dipped to second in the key demo for the 9 p.m. hour with a “Big Bang Theory” repeat (8.29 million and a 1.8 key demo) and a new “Mom” (8.385 million and a 2.0 key demo). NBC's “The Blacklist” was second with 7.54 million viewers and third with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, compared to the 7.23 million viewers and hour-winning 2.1 key demo rating for ABC's “Scandal.” FOX's “Backstrom” averaged only 3.18 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating in fourth, topping the 846,000 viewers and 0.2 key demo rating for another “The Flash” repeat on The CW.

10 p.m. – “Elementary” won the 10 p.m. hour with 7.36 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 for CBS. ABC's “American Crime” averaged 4.685 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating in second. And NBC's “The Slap” finale averaged 3.32 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.