TV Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Nears Low on Thursday

The CBS comedy remains the night's (and broadcast's) biggest player.
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Even broadcast's biggest show isn't immune to February fatigue.

Thursday's episode of The Big Bang Theory predictably topped the night among adults 18-49, but it did so near a series low. Its 2.7 rating in the key demo ranks as its weakest live-plus-same day showing since all the way back in 2008 at the end of its first season. Among total viewers, where the current season outpaces even Sunday Night Football once live-plus-seven is factored in, the show earned 13.3 million.

Even with the night's biggest demo player, CBS did not out-rate ABC's three-drama block to win all of primetime. The trio of Grey's Anatomy (2.0 adults), Scandal (1.7 adults) and How to Get Away With Murder (1.3 adults) were all steady with last week — and all were recently renewed by the network.

After Big Bang, CBS saw steady episodes of The Great Indoors (1.6 adults), Mom (1.5 adults) and Life in Pieces (1.3 adults) — as well as a new outing for the already-beleaguered Training Day. The drama earned just a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49.




On NBC, Superstore (also renewed this past week) pulled an even 1.1 rating in the key demo before Powerless (0.8 adults), Chicago Med (1.2 adults) and The Blacklist (0.9 adults). Fox saw MasterChef Junior dip from last week's premiere to a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, and My Kitchen Rules was correspondingly down with a 0.7 rating.

Supernatural perked up to its best showing in several months with an average 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 on the CW. It lead into an even episode of Riverdale, which pulled yet another 0.4 rating.

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