TV Ratings: 'Backstrom' Has a Fair Opening, 'Bad Judge' Burn-off Concludes

Fox's second drama launch of the new year retains an adequate, though not entirely auspicious, chunk of the 'American Idol' audience.
Liane Hentscher

Putting away the Empire-sized measuring stick for a moment, midseason's latest launch fared pretty solidly in its first outing. The premiere of Fox's Backstrom averaged a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers. That's up from the network's comparable debut last January (Rake) — and it did so with a smaller American Idol lead-in.

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As for Idol, it helped secure the network's nightly win in the key demographic by holding steady with last week and earning a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49.

CBS edged out Fox for a Thursday win among total viewers. And with the Big Bang Theory still in repeats, a steady Mom (2.5 adults) was the biggest comedy of the night. Two and a Half Men (2.3 adults) and Elementary (1.5 adults) were each improved by two-tenths of a point.

College basketball delays in some markets leave NBC's fast national ratings up in the air — but it matters little considering two series (Bad Judge and A to Z) aired their final episodes and another (Parenthood) has just one episode to go. Following a steady Biggest Loser (1.2 adults), Bad Judge (0.8 adults), A to Z (0.6 adults) and Parenthood (1.3 adults) were all on par with last week.

The season finale of The Taste pulled a steady 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 on ABC, while The CW saw Vampire Diaries (0.7 adults) slip two-tenths of a point from its last episode in December. Reign (0.4 adults) held steady.