TV Ratings: 'Idol' Even in Move, 'Hell's Kitchen' Makes Steady Return

Most series see week-to-week dips, including a dominant "Big Bang Theory," as CBS sees more NCAA basketball preemptions and Fox unveils a new lineup.
"Hell's Kitchen"

Again preempted by ACC and SEC basketball in some markets, CBS' Thursday scores are tentative -- though the network will still easily win the night among adults 18-49 (2.5 rating) and total viewers (10.6 million).

The Big Bang Theory (4.9 adults) topped the night, though it was down four-tenths of a point from last week. The Millers (2.6 adults) fell by three-tenths, while Two and a Half Men, the real winner of the 9 p.m. time slot shuffle, held even with a 2.6 rating. The Crazy Ones, CBS' lone comedy to not score an early renewal on Wednesday, improved a tenth of a point to a 1.8 rating in the demo. Elementary (1.7 adults) fell by a tenth.

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Hell's Kitchen (1.9 adults) returned to the schedule, helping lift Fox from its Rake-fatigued Thursday. The competition improved its total viewers from last season's opener by 4 percent (to 5.3 million) and fell just a tenth of a point in the key demo. American Idol (2.2 adults), moving into the 9 p.m. hour, saw no change from last week. Fox averaged a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (0.8 adults) fell a tenth of a point on ABC, while Grey's Anatomy (2.3 adults) dropped three-tenths. Scandal (2.7 adults) was down a tenth of a point, giving the network an average 1.9 rating in the key demo and 6.1 million viewers.

On NBC, Community (1.0 adults) held last week's score, and Parks and Recreation (1.1 adults) dropped two-tenths of a point. Hollywood Game Night (1.0 adults) dropped a tenth as well, while Parenthood (1.2 adults) held even. NBC averaged a 1.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.2 million viewers.

A new episode of Reign (0.6 adults) shed a tenth of a point on The CW.