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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' Trial Does Well on Thursday

ABC's reality competition fares better in the time slot than any scripted fare this season, though down from its latest Friday, against a dipping (but dominant) "Big Bang Theory."

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"Shark Tank"

The Big Bang Theory won Thursday night, but clocked a new season low of a 4.6 rating with adults 18-49 -- down three-tenths of a point from last week. The Millers (2.6 adults) and Two and a Half Men (2.4 adults) dropped a respective two- and one-tenth of a point. And after a steady Crazy Ones (1.7 adults), Elementary (1.7 adults) improved two-tenths from the week prior.

For the night, CBS tied ABC in the key demo, each averaging a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, though CBS topped with total viewers: 9.8 million.

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As for ABC, airing a special Shark Tank -- a trial of sorts for the time slot's future -- improved the network's showing in the competitive hour. Shark Tank's 1.6 rating with adults 18-49 was down from its most recent Friday showing, but up a solid seven-tenths from Once Upon a Time in Wonderland last week. Grey's Anatomy (2.5 adults) shed two-tenths of a point, and Scandal (3.0 adults) improved by a tenth. ABC averaged 7.9 million viewers.

Hell's Kitchen (1.4 adults) took a hit against Shark Tank, dropping four-tenths of a point. American Idol (1.7 adults) matched last week's series low, while Surviving Jack (1.2 adults) also held even. Fox took a 1.4 rating in the demo and 5 million viewers for the night.

Community (0.8 adults), hitting a series low, led into new episodes of Parks and Recreation (1.0 adults and Parenthood (1.1 adults) -- all three of which were off a tenth of a point from last week. NBC took a 1.0 rating and 2.95 million viewers.

With no original lead-in, Reign (0.4 adults) dropped two-tenths of a point on the CW.