9:57am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: CBS Leads Thursday, NBC's 'Champions' Bows Low
CBS had a particularly good Thursday evening, thanks to steady outings for each of its four comedies and a lifted episode of SWAT.
The Big Bang Theory dominated the evening across the board with an average 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers. It was followed by even outings of Young Sheldon (2.2 adults), Mom (1.5 adults) and Life in Pieces (1.8 adults). For Mom, it was the first episode to air since co-lead Allison Janney took home an Oscar on Sunday for her role in I, Tonya. (The sitcom is one of the few broadcast series up over last season, lifted in part by its new Young Sheldon lead-in.)
SWAT was among the night's most-improved series — up two-tenths of a point from its last original to a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. (It still lost the 10 o'clock hour to NBC's Chicago Fire.)
Grey's Anatomy, subject to a bit of news earlier in the day, clocked in a season low 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 on ABC. Scandal (1.1 adults) and How to Get Away With Murder (0.9 adults) followed. On NBC, the network presented its midseason comedy block — but only returning Superstore (1.1 adults) and Will & Grace (1.4 adults) cracked good numbers, despite airing the newcomers between them. AP Bio came in with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49, while the premiere of Champions posted the same score. Chicago Fire, lifted like Superstore, earned a 1.3 rating.
Over on Fox, both Gotham (0.7 adults) and Showtime at the Apollo (0.6 adults) were new — as were Supernatural (0.5 adults) and Arrow (0.4 adults) on the CW.