TV Ratings: 'Bad Teacher' Gets OK Debut, 'Black Box' Has Softer Start
Two of midseason's final entries make their premieres on CBS and ABC, respectively, neither knocking it out of the park, while "Parks and Recreation" wraps its season on NBC.
With The Big Bang Theory back in originals and ABC's Scandal already out for summer vacation, CBS scored an easy win on Thursday night across the board. The top-rated comedy lost some steam, though, averaging a 4.3 rating with adults 18-49. Steady outings of both The Millers and Two and a Half Men took a 2.5 rating in the demo before the premiere of Bad Teacher.
Not the biggest swing its first at-bat, Bad Teacher did retain a solid portion of its Men lead-in with a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. It was also improved from the latest showing of former time slot occupant The Crazy Ones. Still, it marks the network's second-lowest-rated comedy opening to date, outperforming only fall's We Are Men. At 10 p.m., Elementary averaged a 1.6 rating in the demo, also steady, giving CBS a 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers for the night.
Hell's Kitchen (1.7 adults) and Surviving Jack (1.0 adults) both held last week's scores on Fox, while a steady American Idol (1.8 adults) was off just a tenth of a point. Fox took a 1.5 rating with adults under 50 and 5.3 million viewers.
ABC opted to repeat last week's Scandal-ized Jimmy Kimmel Live, which marked the series' highest-rated showing in late-night ever, though the encore only fetched a 0.6 rating. After Grey's Anatomy (2.3 adults) lost three-tenths from last week, Black Box opened in the Scandal slot with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. The drama was improved from the comparable debut of Motive last spring but still came up short. (Black Box saw a minor marketing kerfuffle last week when executive producer Bryan Singer's name was removed from promos in light of sex abuse allegations.) ABC took a 1.4 rating in the demo and 5.7 million viewers for the night.
The one-hour season finale of Parks and Recreation inched up a tenth of a point from last week with a 1.0 rating. SNL special Digital Shorts followed with a 1.0 rating as well. NBC averaged a 1.0 adults rating and 2.5 million viewers for the night.
After an even Vampire Diaries (0.7 adults), Reign (0.5 adults) improved a tenth of a point for The CW.