Ratings: ‘People Magazine Awards’ Debuts to Soft Numbers

CBS easily tops a slow Thursday despite opening with “Big Bang” rerun

Jennifer Aniston on "People Magazine Awards"

Well, that was not a Thursday for the ages.

On a rerun-heavy night, NBC’s first-ever “People Magazine Awards” debuted to a soft 0.8 rating and less-than-impressive 3.7 million viewers. And CBS didn’t even need to air a new “Big Bang Theory” — TV’s biggest comedy — to easily win a low-rated evening. The rerun tied a night-high of 2.3/8 and had the most viewers of the evening, with 10.7 million.

Univision finished second in demo ratings, but fifth in total viewers.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 8.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following the “BBT” repeat, “Mom” at 8:30 earned a 2.3/8 — tying its lead-in for highest rating in primetime — and 10.1 million viewers. “Two and a Half Men” at 9 received a 1.9/6 — tying a low — and 8.9 million viewers. “The McCarthys” at 9:30 had a 1.6/5 and 7.1 million viewers. “Elementary” at 10 got a 1.4/5 and 7.7 million viewers.

Univision was second in ratings with a 1.0/3, but fifth in viewers with 2.5 million.

NBC was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and second in viewers with 3.7 million. “The Biggest Loser” at 8 had a 0.9/3 — a series low — and 3.8 million viewers. The “People Magazine Awards” followed at 9, getting the aforementioned numbers along with a 3 share.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and third in viewers with 3.7 million, airing entirely repeats.

ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and fourth in total viewers with 2.9 million. “The Taste” at 8 received a 0.8/3 and 3.1 million viewers. A rerun followed.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in total viewers with 1.7 million. The “iHeart Radio Jingle Ball ’14” at 8 had a 0.6/2 — up one-tenth from last year — and 1.8 million viewers. A repeat followed.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in total viewers with 1.3 million.