Ratings: CBS Wins as NBC Returns from Hills Post-‘Sound of Music’

“The Big Bang Theory” and “The Millers” lead network to top “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” fall finales

The hills are alive with the sounds of business as usual: A week after NBC won with a special “Sound of Music Live” telecast, CBS topped Thursday with “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Millers” leading the way past ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” fall finales.

CBS was first in ratings with a 2.7 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 11.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Due to local market NFL preemptions, those numbers are approximate.

“Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. was the night’s top-rated and most-watched show with a 5.3/17 and 18.6 million viewers. “The Millers” at 8:30 earned a 2.9/9 — up 21 percent from last week — and 12 million viewers. “The Crazy Ones” at 9 received a 2.1/6 and 8.9 million viewers. “Two And a Half Men” at 9:30 had a 2.1/6 and 9.4 million viewers. “Elementary” at 10 earned a 1.8/5 and 9.5 million viewers.

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ABC was second in ratings with a 2.2/7 and in total viewers with 7.1 million, airing fall finales of its Thursday shows. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” at 8 got a 0.9/3 and 3.5 million viewers. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 9 earned a 2.7/8 — a 17 percent uptick — and 8.5 million viewers. “Scandal” at 10 received a 3.2/9 and 9.3 million viewers.

NBC’s Thursday comedy lineup returned following last week’s hiatus for “The Sound of Music.” NBC was third in ratings with a 1.2/3 and in total viewers with 3.9 million viewers. “The Sing-Off” at 8 earned a 1.4/4 and 4.5 million viewers. “Sean Saves the World” at 9 received a 1.0/3 and 3.4 million viewers. “The Michael J. Fox Show” at 9:30 got a 0.9/3 and 3.1 million viewers. “Parenthood” at 10 had a 1.2/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

Univision was in fourth in ratings with a 1.1/3 and fifth in total viewers with 2.9 million.

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Fox was fifth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and fourth in viewers with 3.7 million. At 8, “X Factor” earned a 1.2/4 and 4.9 million viewers. A repeat followed.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and in total viewers with 2.9 million. “Vampire Dairies” at 8 earned a 1.0/3 and 2.4 million viewers. “Reign” at 9 received a 0.6/2 and 1.9 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in total viewers with 1.6 million viewers.