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Ratings: Charles Manson Drama ‘Aquarius’ Debut Doesn’t Kill Key Demo

Fox tops Thursday among adults 18-49, though older-skewing NBC lineup scores viewer victory

NBC’s Charles Manson drama “Aquarius” didn’t recruit a strong young-demographic following with its Thursday debut, receiving just a 1.0 rating/4 share among adults 18-49.

However, the show performed pretty well in total viewers, pulling in 5.7 million audience members — indicating and understandable older-skewing audience. NBC topped the night overall by that metric.

Fox was able to best NBC in the main demographic by one-tenth of a ratings point, with “Bones” and “Wayward Pines.” ABC finished fourth in primetime, as “500 Questions” concluded without a big bang. Speaking of which, a rerun of CBS’s “Big Bang Theory” was both the top-rated and most-watched show of the evening.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 4.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “Bones” had a 1.2/5 and 5.4 million viewers. “Wayward Pines” at 9 got a 1.2/4and 4 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.1/4 and first in viewers with 5.9 million. “Dateline Thursday” at 8 received a 1.2/5 and 6.4 million viewers. “Aquarius” followed at 9.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and second in viewers with 5.1 million, airing entirely reruns.

ABC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.9/3. ABC was fourth in total viewers with 4.3 million; Univision was fifth with 2.3 million.

For ABC, at 8, “500 Questions” wrapped up its run with a 1.1/4 and 5 million viewers. A repeat followed.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 625,000, airing only reruns.