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Ratings: ‘Miss USA’ Avoids New Low, Lifts Fox Over NBC

”Grey’s“-”Station 19“ crossover battles ”Big Bang Theory“

Congrats to Miss USA, and to “Miss USA.” For the first time since the pageant was initially cancelled in 2015, “Miss USA” did not set a new record low in ratings and viewers. That doesn’t mean it was a particularly good night for Fox, which finished third — it just wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

CBS topped Thursday’s primetime with “The Big Bang Theory,” ABC was runner-up with its “Grey’s Anatomy”-“Station 19” crossover. Way down the Nielsen ratings sheet, The CW’s “iZombie” premiered its fifth season to just a 0.2 rating/1 share and 752,000 viewers.

Miss USA was scrapped four years ago after former owner Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign and make widely condemned comments about Mexican immigrants. WME-IMG now owns the pageant.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/5 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.8/10 and 12.2 million viewers. At 8:30, “Young Sheldon” landed a 1.4/7 and 10.5 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 had a 1.1/5 and 8 million viewers. At 9:30, “Life in Pieces” got a 0.8/4 and 5.6 million viewers. “S.W.A.T.” at 10 received a 0.7/4 and 5.1 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.0/5 and in viewers with 5.3 million. Part 1 of the “Grey’s”-“19” crossover at 8 put up a 1.4/7 and 6.9 million viewers. At 9, Part 2 got a 1.2/6 and 6.4 million viewers. “For the People” at 10 had a 0.5/3 and 2.7 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 3 million. Those were the “Miss USA” averaged from 8 to 10.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.7 million. “Superstore” at 8 had a 0.9/5 and 3 million viewers. At 8:30, “A.P. Bio” got a 0.5/3 and 1.9 million viewers. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 9 received a 0.5/3 and 1.7 million viewers. At 9:30, “Abby’s” settled for a 0.4/2 and 1.5 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” at 10 finished primetime off with a 0.8/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/3 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 632,000. After “iZombie,” “In the Dark” at 9 struggled to a 0.1/1 and 513,000 viewers.