Ratings: NFL Draft Causes Series Lows for ‘Idol’ and More; CBS Wins With ‘Big Bang’

ABC's "Scandal" is night's lone ratings gainer

With the NFL draft airing on ESPN and the NFL Network, most network offerings suffered big drops Thursday night, with "American Idol," "Two and a Half Men," "Elementary," "Parks and Recreation," "The Office" and "Hannibal" hitting series lows. However, ABC's "Scandal" managed to eke out a ratings increase, and CBS took the night on the strength of the top-rated "Big Bang Theory."

CBS took first place in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic with a 2.6 rating/8 share and in total viewers with 11.9 million, despite ratings declines across the board for the network's primetime slate. "The Big Bang Theory" slid 19 percent to a season low, but was still the night's best-rated show with a 4.2/14 and also the most watched with 14.4 million total viewers. "Two and a Half Men" at 8:30 dropped 28 percent to a series low of 2.8/8 and had 11 million total viewers. "Person of Interest" at 9 dropped 11 percent for a 2.4/7 and had 13 million total viewers, while "Elementary" the following hour dipped to a series low of 2.0/6 and had 9.9 million total viewers.

ABC and Fox essentially tied for second place in ratings, with Fox drawing a 2.2/7 compared to ABC's 2.2/6. Fox took second place in total viewers after CBS with 8.2 million.

"American Idol" on Fox at 8 hit a series low for regularly scheduled broadcasts with a 2.7/9 and also dropped off slightly in total viewers with 11.1 million. "Glee" the following hour dropped 14 percent to a 1.8/5 and took 5.2 million.

ABC was third in total viewers with 6.4 million. "Wife Swap" at 8 dropped 27 percent for a season low of 1.1/3 and had 3.4 million, while "Grey's Anatomy" the following hour dipped to a 2.7/7 with 8.1 million total viewers. "Scandal" at 8 was the only network offering to grow Thursday night, inching up 8 percent to a 2.8/8 and taking 7.8 million total viewers.

Univision was fourth in ratings and total viewers with a 1.4/4 and 3.3 million.

NBC came in fifth in ratings and total viewers with a 1.1/3 and 2.5 million. "Community" at 8 slid 23 percent to tie a series low of 1.0/3 and took 2.4 million total viewers. Following a repeat of "The Office," a new episode of the series at 9 dropped 11 percent to a series low of 1.7/5 and had 3.1 million total viewers. "Parks and Recreation" at 9:30 also hit a series low, sliding 24 percent for a 1.3/4 and drawing 2.5 million total viewers. The freshman drama "Hannibal" at 10 hit its own series low, sliding 29 percent for a 1.0/3 and drawing 2.4 million total viewers.

At the CW, which averaged a 0.7/2 and 1.7 million total viewers for the night, the "Originals" episode of "The Vampire Diaries" — which was the set-up for a possible spinoff of the series — drew the same rating as last week in the demo and grew marginally in total viewers. It had a 0.9/3 and 2.2 million. "Beauty and the Beast" at 9 had a 0.5/1 and took 1.3 million total viewers.