9:46am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Big Bang' Rerun Tops Thursday, 'Kitchen Rules' Lags Among Food Shows
Cooking shows filled Thursday night on the broadcast networks, though they didn't exactly dominate.
The Big Bang Theory, winning the night even with a repeat, helped CBS lead the night with adults 18-49. The encore was followed by The Great Indoors (1.4 adults), Mom (1.3 adults) and Life in Pieces (1.2 adults) — all down with their smaller lead-in, but strong enough to secure an overall win. Pure Genius, steady with a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49, closed out the night.
Second-place status for the night was shared by NBC and Fox. NBC was dead even with its roster of comedies and dramas — Superstore (1.2 adults), The Good Place (1.1 adults), Chicago Med (1.2 adults), The Blacklist (1.0 adults) while Fox launched a new series after Hell's Kitchen.
It wasn't a miserable start for My Kitchen Rules, which kicked off with a 0.9 rating with adults 18-49 and 2.6 million viewers, but it was the poorest showing for a culinary series that night. Lead-in Hell's Kitchen was ahead with a 1.2 rating in the key demo, while the finale of ABC's The Great American Baking Show also outdid My Kitchen Rules with a 1.0 rating in the key demo and a formidable 5.1 million viewers.
ABC wrapped up the night with special Taking the Stage. It nabbed a 1.0 rating in the key demo itself.