Ratings: ‘Elementary’ Premieres Strong, ‘Men’ Hits Low as CBS Takes Night

The night's other series premiere, "The Last Resort," was up slightly from last year's premiere of the quickly canceled "Charlie's Angels"

CBS' new Sherlock Holmes revamp "Elementary" got off to a strong start to help push the network to an overall win Thursday night, while the season premiere of "Two and a Half Men" dropped to a series low following last year's Ashton Kutcher-fortified debut, according to preliminary numbers.

The night's other series premiere, "The Last Resort," was up slightly from last year's premiere of the quickly canceled "Charlie's Angels."

CBS took a commanding first place in both the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic and total viewers with a 3.4 rating/10 share in the demo and 13.8 million total viewers.

"The Big Bang Theory" series premiere at 8 p.m. took a marginal hit in the demo compared to last season's premiere, posting a 4.8/15 in the demo — the night's best ratings performance — and 15.3 million total viewers, making it the night's most-watched show.

The "Two and a Half Men" premiere at 8:30 didn't fare nearly so well. In a new Thursday-night slot and without the anticipation that last season's premiere generated with the debut of Kutcher replacing ousted star Charlie Sheen, the show expectedly took a hit, droppping 67 percent versus last year's premiere to a 3.5/10 in the demo — its lowest-rated original telecast to date — and drawing 12.4 million total viewers. 

The season premiere of "Person of Interest" at 9 felt a minor drop from last season's premiere with a 2.9/8 and took 14.3 million total viewers, while the series premiere of "Elementary" the following hour bowed to a strong 3.1/9 — an 11 percent boost from last year's season premiere of "The Mentalist" — and attracted 13.3 million total viewers.

ABC took second in ratings and total viewers with a 2.9/8 and 9.2 million. The series premiere of the submarine drama "The Last Resort" posted a 2.2/7 in the demo and took 9 million total viewers.

The "Grey's Anatomy" season premiere the following hour was up slightly from last season's premiere with a 4.3/12 and attracted 11.5 million total viewers. The "Scandal" season premiere at 10 grew 10 percent from the series premiere of the show in the spring, pulling a 2.2/6 and collected 7 million total viewers.

Fox took a narrow third place in the demo and a less-narrow third in total viewers with a 2.8/8 and 7.6 million. "The X Factor" at 8 dipped only slightly on the premiere-packed night, taking a 3.2/10 and scoring 9.2 million total viewers. "Glee" the following hour dropped 14 percent from last week to a 2.5/7 and had 5.9 million total viewers.

NBC drew fourth place in ratings and total viewers with a 1.7/5 and 4.7 million. The network's roster showed improvements over last week, though its numbers are inflated due to local NFL preemption in Cleveland and Baltimore. "SNL Election Special #2" at 8 posted a 1.7/6 and attracted 5.4 million total viewers, while "Up All Night" at 8:30 jumped 38 percent versus last week with a 1.8/5 and took 4.5 million total viewers.

"The Office" at 9 climbed 14 percent from last week with a 2.4/7 and received 5.2 million total viewers, while "Parks and Recreation" at 9:30 jumped 24 percent for a 2.1/5 and drew 5.2 million total viewers. "Rock Center With Brian Williams" at 10 inched up from last week for a 1.2/3 and had 4.2 million total viewers.