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TV Ratings: ‘Scandal,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ lead Thursday as ‘A to Z’ goes low

Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 13, 2014.

ABC scored a comfortable Thursday win among young viewers with “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” leading, while “The Big Bang Theory” helped CBS hold on for a narrow overall victory.

Note that CBS had NFL preemptions in both Buffalo and Miami, which may make CBS' overall victory even tighter.

Most of Thursday's numbers were straight-forward and within the normal range, with the biggest notable probably being the ugly 0.6 key demo rating posted by NBC's “A to Z.”

Oh and it turns out that advertising a special guest-starring appearance by Phil Simms was not, in fact, the secret recipe for turning around sagging “Elementary” ratings.

On to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.8 rating for Thursday night, tops in the key demographic. CBS was second with a 2.3 key demo rating. NBC and FOX were a distant third with a 1.0 key demo rating, followed by the 0.6 key demo rating for The CW.

Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 9.87 million viewers and a 6.0 rating/10 share for Thursday primetime, topping the 9.16 million viewers and 6.1/10 for ABC for the night. There was a big drop to FOX's 4.47 million viewers and 2.7/4 and to the 2.5/4 and 3.7 million viewers for NBC. The CW averaged 1.38 million viewers and a 1.0/2 for Thursday.

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