CBS once again won Thursday in all measures.
'The Big Bang Theory' held very strong, dropping only two tenths from last week's incredibly high 5.5. The premiere of Will Arnett fronted comedy 'The Millers' managed to hold onto a respectable amount of its lead-in, posting a 3.3. Without 'Big Bang' directly in front, week two of 'The Crazy Ones' took a huge full point dive to a 2.9. That said, ratings in the 3.0 range will still get the show a second season. 'Two and a Half Men' wasn't so lucky, hitting a series low of 2.4. 'Elementary' fell to a 2.0, but isn't quite near the bubble yet.
'Grey's Anatomy' held up well, dropping only three tenths from last week's two-hour premiere. The highly anticipated season premiere of 'Scandal' kicked butt and took names. The political drama not only bested its own previous season premiere by a point and a half, but topped 'Grey's by five tenths, absolutely destroying its 10pm competition. 'The X-Factor' dropped a tenth to a 2.0. 'Glee' took a pretty big hit, falling all the way to a 1.6.
NBC's Thursday fortunes didn't improve, with 'Parks & Recreation' dropping to a 1.2. New comedy 'Welcome to the Family' did even worse, garnering a 1.1. That's enough to call it right there. Shows that premiere to a 1.1. don't get another season. It'll be lucky if the network even airs all its episodes. As has become a trend this week, 'Family' is now the lowest rated NBC comedy premiere ever.
It seems that the ol' Peacock drastically overestimated the appeal of Sean Hayes, as 'Sean Saves the World' couldn't save itself from a 1.4. 'The Michael J. Fox Show' drew the best NBC rating of the night, but still only managed a 1.9. 'Parenthood' set a new series low at 10pm. Finally, The CW's new all vampire, all the time Thursday night line-up did pretty well, if not amazingly so. 'The Vampire Diaries' returned to a 1.2 (high for the CW), while spin-off 'The Originals' debuted to the tune of a 1.0.
Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions
CBS - The Big Bang Theory (N) - 5.2 - 17 - 18.22
FOX - The X-Factor (N) - 2.0 - 6 - 7.13
ABC - Scandal (Recap Show) - 1.6 - 5 - 5.75
NBC - Parks & Recreation (N) - 1.2 - 4 - 3.14
CW - The Vampire Diaries (Season Premiere) - 1.2 - 4 - 2.59
CBS - The Millers (Series Premiere) - 3.3 - 10 - 13.09
NBC - Welcome to the Family (Series Premiere) - 1.1 - 4 - 2.99
ABC - Grey's Anatomy (N) - 3.1 - 9 - 9.60
CBS - The Crazy Ones (N) - 2.9 - 8 - 11.71
FOX - Glee (N) - 1.6 - 5 - 4.42
NBC - Sean Saves the World (Series Premiere) - 1.4 - 4 - 4.43
CW - The Originals (Series Premiere) - 1.0 - 3 - 2.21
CBS - Two and a Half Men (N) - 2.4 - 7 - 9.34
NBC - The Michael J. Fox Show (N) - 1.7 - 5 - 5.35
ABC - Scandal (Season Premiere) - 3.6 - 10 - 10.52
CBS - Elementary (N) - 2.0 - 6 - 9.38
NBC - Parenthood (N) - 1.5 - 4 - 4.17
Source: Nielsen Media Research