Ratings: ABC’s ‘American Crime’ Guilty of 30 Percent Key Demo Drop

ACC Tournament-boosted CBS tops Thursday outright

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CBS topped Thursday night outright thanks to some help from the ACC Tournament, which preempted programming in certain markets. For second-place ABC, “American Crime” fell 30 percent from last week’s series premiere in the key ratings demo.

Other sizable movers include Fox’s “American Idol,” which dipped 19 percent and NBC’s “The Slap,” which dropped 25 percent from its already low starting point.

Fox finished second in total viewers last night; ABC was third by that metric. CBS may tick down in final numbers.

For now at least, CBS was first in ratings with a 2.4 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. earned night highs of a 4.4/16 and 16.1 million viewers. “The Odd Couple” at 8:30 received a 2.6/9 and 10.7 million viewers. Following a rerun, “Mom” at 9:30 had a 2.3/7 and 9.2 million viewers. “Elementary” at 10 got a 1.5/5 and 7.8 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 2.0/7 and third in viewers with 7.2 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 posted a 2.1/7 and 7.4 million viewers. “Scandal” at 9 received a 2.6/8 and 8.3 million viewers. “American Crime” at 10 dropped to a 1.4/5 and 5.8 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.7/6 and second in viewers with 8.1 million. “American Idol” was the only show on the network’s schedule.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.1/4 and fifth in viewers with 3 million.

NBC was fifth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and fourth in viewers with 4.9 million. A premiere of “Dateline: Real Blacklists” at 8 got a 0.8/3 and 4.5 million viewers. “The Blacklist” at 9 had a 1.7/5 and 7.3 million viewers. “The Slap” at 10 received a 0.6/2 and 2.9 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million. “The Vampire Diaries” at 8 had a 0.6/2 and 1.3 million viewers. “Reign” at 9 got a 0.4/1 and 1 million viewers.