(The holidays are over, the weeks long TV hibernation period is done, and the primetime ratings have now returned. Welcome back.)
CBS won Thursday in all measures.
'The Big Bang Theory' didn't miss a beat after a few weeks off, rising three tenths to a 5.4, and scoring far and away the highest demos of the night. Lead-out 'The Millers' bumped up two tenths to a 2.8. 'The Crazy Ones' rose just slightly, posting a 2.0. 'Two and a Half Men' increased a healthy three tenths to a 2.2, its first positive movement in quite some time. 'Elementary' rose a smidge to a 1.8.
The long awaited fifth season of Community' debuted to decent, if decidedly unspectacular numbers. The season premiere at 8 p.m. earned a 1.3, down a whopping six tenths from the 1.9 last year's season opener drew. That said, it did at least match the fourth season finale, and beat the pants off of what every other NBC comedy not named 'Parks and Recreation' has been pulling down. A second episode at 8:30 p.m. dipped slightly to a 1.2.
Elsewhere on NBC, 'Sean Saves the World' dropped two tenths to a series low of 0.8. 'Sean' might save the world, but he won't save himself from being canceled. 'The Michael J. Fox Show' also set a new series low of 0.8, and is equally likely to meet the ax by spring. 'Parenthood' rose to a 1.3.
The second season premiere of 'The Taste' bombed big time, falling almost an entire ratings point to a 1.3. Ouch. It seems that 'The Taste's highly rated inaugural season may have been nothing but a fluke. The night actually got even worse for ABC, with the series premiere of 'The Assets' bowing to a anemic 0.7. This gives 'The Assets' the rather dubious distinction of being the lowest rated drama debut in the history of the "big four" broadcast networks. Wow.
Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions
CBS - The Big Bang Theory (N) - 5.4 - 15 - 19.20
NBC - Community (Season Premiere) - 1.3 - 4 - 3.49
ABC - The Taste (Season Premiere) - 1.3 - 3 - 4.75
FOX - Sleepy Hollow (R) - 0.6 - 2 - 2.07
CW - The Vampire Diaries (R) - 0.3 - 1 - 0.79
CBS - The Millers (N) - 2.8 - 8 - 11.33
NBC - Community (N) - 1.2 - 3 - 3.03
CBS - The Crazy Ones (N) - 2.0 - 5 - 8.20
NBC - Sean Saves the World (N) - 0.8 - 2 - 2.79
FOX - Bones (R) - 0.7 - 2 - 3.06
CW - Reign (R) - 0.2 - 1 - 0.79
CBS - Two and a Half Men (N) - 2.2 - 5 - 8.74
NBC - The Michael J. Fox Show (N) - 0.8 - 2 - 2.50
CBS - Elementary (N) - 1.8 - 5 - 9.04
NBC - Parenthood (N) - 1.3 - 3 - 3.96
ABC - The Assets (Series Premiere) - 0.7 - 2 - 3.77
Source: Nielsen Media Research