‘Big Bang,’ CBS Top Thursday Primetime


Led by “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS brought home a victory in the Thursday primetime ratings, in both overall viewers and those 18-49, despite losing the demo from 9-11 p.m. to ABC.

NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” returned from its brief hiatus with two new episodes, registering typical overnight numbers (according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen) and finishing third in its timeslot.

“Big Bang” (5.1 rating/16 share in 18-49, 18.0 million viewers overall) dominated at 8 p.m., with “The Millers” (2.7/8, 11.3 million) losing the better part of half the lead-in audience but still finishing ahead of Fox’s “The X-Factor” (1.4/4, 5.3 million).

“The Vampire Diaries” on the CW (1.3/4, 2.7 million) came in third in the hour among 18-49 viewers, ahead of the Peacock’s “Parks” (1.2/4, 3.3 million) and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (0.9/3, 3.7 million). “Vampire” also beat “Parks,” “Wonderland” and “X-Factor” in 18-34.

ABC rallied…

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