Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 9, 2015.
“The Big Bang Theory” and “The Odd Couple” both recovered slightly from last week's doldrums and helped lift CBS to a primetime sweep.
For the second straight week, Thursday's numbers were generally weak.
“Grey's Anatomy” got a small bump in a special 9 p.m. airing, but ABC's “American Crime” still slipped below The Mulaney Line in the key demographic. FOX's “Bones” was also down in the key demo, but added a few overall viewers, as did “Backstrom.”
Let's get to the unimpressive figures…
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.0 rating for Thursday night, comfortably ahead of the 1.4 rating for ABC in the key demographic. NBC was third with a 1.0 key demo rating, followed by FOX's 0.9 key demo rating, while The CW's repeats did a 0.3 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 9.28 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/10 share for Thursday primetime. ABC's 5.5 million viewers and 3.8/7 were enough for second, with NBC's 3.0/5 and 4.58 million and FOX's 2.6/4 and 4.19 million close behind. The CW averaged 1.04 million viewers and a 0.6/1 for the night.
8 p.m. – CBS began its primetime sweep with “The Big Bang Theory” (14.64 million and a 3.4 key demo) and “The Odd Couple” (9.91 million and a 2.1 key demo). FOX's “Bones” was second with just under 5 million viewers and tied for third with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's airing of the “Grey's Anatomy” pilot averaged 4.75 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating, topping the 4.37 million viewers and 1.0 key demo rating for NBC's “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” repeat. The CW's repeat of “The Flash” averaged 983,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
9 p.m. – CBS led the 9 p.m. hour overall and finished second in the key demographic with “Mom” (9.21 million and a 2.0 key demo) and a “Big Bang Theory” repeat (8.01 million and a 1.8 key demo rating. ABC's “Grey's Anatomy” averaged 7.33 million viewers and an hour-winning 2.1 key demo rating. NBC's “The Blacklist” repeat averaged 4.11 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating, compared to the 3.38 million viewers and 0.8 key demo rating for FOX's new “Backstrom.” The CW's “The Flash” repeat averaged 1.105 million viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
10 p.m. – “Elementary” won the 10 p.m. hour for CBS with 6.94 million viewers and tied for first with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's “Dateline” also did a 1.2 key demo rating and finished second overall with 5.27 million viewers. “American Crime” averaged 4.42 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating for ABC.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.