10:09am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Gracepoint' Wraps Quiet Season
Though NFL preemptions in St. Louis and Phoenix may prompt some adjustments to CBS' Fast National ratings from Thursday, the network still easily won the night — thanks to the return of The Big Bang Theory.
Back with an original episode after two weeks off, the comedy averaged a steady 4.0 rating among adults 18-49. The lead-in boosted all subsequent offerings, with Mom (2.8 adults) rising eight-tenths of a point. Two and a Half Men (2.5 adults), now set for a February finale, improved six-tenths of a point, and The McCarthys (1.8 adults) and Elementary (1.6 adults) moved up four-tenths apiece.
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Fox saw no boost for the 200th episode of Bones. After last week's boosted outing, the procedural dropped three-tenths of a point to a 1.2 rating in the key demo. Gracepoint was flat in its finale. The event drama, an adaptation of British import Broadchurch, pulled a 0.9 rating in its final live-plus-same day score. Gracepoint's time-shifting boost has been nominal, the latest live-plus-seven day average giving it a 1.4 with adults 18-49.
After last week's Peter Pan Live!, NBC resumed its lineup with a steady The Biggest Loser (1.1 adults), leading into a slightly boosted Bad Judge (up two-tenths of a point to a 1.1 rating in the key demo) and a steady A to Z (0.8 adults). The Taste (0.8 adults) held steady with last week's soft premiere on ABC.
Over on the CW, both The Vampire Diaries (0.8 adults) and Reign (0.5 adults) were steady last week.