TV Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Odd Couple’ rise for CBS Thursday

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.