Ratings: CBS Rides ‘Big Bang Theory’ Past Fox, ‘American Idol’

ABC’s ‘TGIT’ Shondaland lineup settles for third

CBS edged Fox on Thursday thanks to “The Big Bang Theory.” And thanks to “American Idol,” Fox held off ABC’s Shondaland lineup.

Last night, the Top 3 networks were close in the key 18-49 demographic — they were each separated by just one-tenth  of a ratings point.

NBC wasn’t even in the ballpark, though the network, emphasizing how strong “Shades of Blue” performs in delayed viewing, aired a repeat. NBC tied with Univision for fourth on Thursday — both were only one-tenth of a point above the CW, which topped Telemundo by the same slim margin.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.9 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “The Big Bang Theory” scored a 3.5/13 and 14.5 million viewers. At 8:30, “Life in Pieces” posted a 2.1/7 and 8.8 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 had a 1.8/6 and 8.1 million viewers. At 9:30, “2 Broke Girls” got a 1.7/5 and 6.7 million viewers. “Elementary” at 10 received a 1.1/4 and 5.7 million viewers.

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.8/6 and in viewers with 8 million. “Idol” was the only show on its schedule.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.7/6 and in viewers with 6.1 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 earned a 2.1/7 and 7.6 million viewers. At 9, “Scandal” settled for a 1.6/5 and 6 million viewers. “How to Get Away With Murder” at 10 had a 1.4/5 and 4.8 million viewers.

NBC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. NBC was fourth in total viewers with 3.4 million, Univision was fifth with 1.8 million.

For NBC, “You, Me and the Apocalypse” at 8 got a 0.6/2 and 2.4 million viewers. Following a rerun, “Shades of Blue” received a 1.0/4 and 4.9 million viewers.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.7 million. “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” at 8 had a 0.7/3 and 2.1 million viewers. At 9, “The 100” got a 0.4/1 and 1.3 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.