CBS Wins Thursday Despite ‘Gentleman’ Debut

David Hornsby (left) and Kevin Dillon in "How to Be a Gentleman" (Photo: CBS)

CBS didn’t exactly get a big bang out of the premiere of its new fall sitcom “How to Be a Gentleman” Thursday night.

The new comedy starring Kevin Dillon and David Hornsby (who also created the series) drew 8.959 million viewers in its debut Thursday at 8:30 p.m./7:30c, following a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory” at 8/7c.

That number might have been a reason to celebrate if “Gentleman” was on NBC, but for CBS, the 8:30 audience tally represented a big drop-off from the “Big Bang” audience, which came in at 14.545 million, making “Big Bang” the highest-rated show on any network Thursday.

While the “Gentleman” ratings put a half-hour dent in CBS’s average for the night, the Eye Network still won with a three-hour average of 12.293 million. At 9/8c, the new “Person of Interest” had a solid 12.419 million viewers and at 10/9c, “The Mentalist” drew 12.708 million.

Elsewhere in the Thursday Nielsens:

Fox came in second on the night with its two hours of “The X Factor,” which averaged 11.924 million from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (7-9c). While coming in second is nothing to complain about, the numbers for “The X Factor” in its first two weeks are nowhere near where Simon Cowell and Fox hoped they’d be – which is somewhere on par with “American Idol,” whose audiences number in the mid-20 millions and up.

ABC was a distant third on Thursday, averaging 8.354 million over the three hours of prime time. The new “Charlie’s Angels” drew just 7.154 million at 8, down from its debut a week earlier. At 10/9c, the season premiere of “Private Practice” had an audience of 7.892 million, and “Grey’s Anatomy” had 10.017 million at 9/8c.

NBC’s lineup was up slightly from the week before, except for “The Office” (in its second week without Steve Carell, and with Ed Helms at the helm as the office’s new regional manager) and the new Whitney Cummings sitcom “Whitney.” Here are the NBC Thursday results, according to the overnights: “Community” at 8/7c, 4.045 million; “Parks and Recreation” at 8:30/7:30c, 4.36 million; “The Office” at 9/8c, 6.601 million (down from 7.63 million a week earlier); “Whitney” at 9:30/8:30c, 5.374 million; and the new “Prime Suspect” at 10/9c, 5.553 million.

“How to Be a Gentleman” beat all the NBC shows, but that might not be enough to keep it on CBS if the ratings don’t grow over the next few weeks.

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