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The Big Bang Theory ruled Thursday once again, averaging a sturdy 4.9 rating among adults 18-49 -- a loss of just a tenth of a point from last week. Freshman comedies The Millers (3.2 adults) and The Crazy Ones (2.5 adults) were both up, week to week, rising a respective two- and one-tenth of a point. Two and a Half Men (2.1 adults) was down two-tenths of a point to a series low. Elementary (1.6 adults), also at a low, was off by three-tenths. CBS dominated the evening in both adults 18-49 (2.6 rating) and total viewers (10.7 million).
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After last week's soft debut for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the ABC spinoff sank in its second outing -- averaging just a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, a half-point drop. Grey's Anatomy (2.6 adults) shed two-tenths of a point, leading into a boosted Scandal (3.3 adults) -- which grew by the same measure. ABC averaged a 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers.
Though its numbers are still preliminary and subject to significant change when time zone adjustments are taken into account, Fox's coverage of the MLB postseason continued to see year-to-year growth with Game 5 of the ALCS showdown between Boston and Detroit. Up 41 percent from last year's Fast Nationals, the game is currently averaging a 2.4 adults rating.
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NBC's comedy block saw upward momentum, though modest. Parks and Recreation (1.3 adults), Welcome to the Family (0.9 adults) and Sean Saves the World (1.1 adults) all inched up a tenth of a point. The Michael J. Fox Show (1.2 adults) held even, while Parenthood (1.3 adults) also grew by a tenth. NBC averaged a 1.2 demo rating and 3.4 million viewers.
The Vampire Diaries (1.3 adults) rose three-tenths of a point from last week, topping both NBC comedies and ABC's Once spinoff. It did not give much of a boost to lead-out Reign, however, which pulled a modest 0.8 adults rating in its first showing. The network averaged a 1.0 adults rating and 2.4 million viewers.