“The Big Bang Theory” continued its reign as network TV’s highest-rated show on Thursday night, followed by “The Mentalist.”
The fact that both shows are on CBS helped the Eye network win the night, according to Nielsen overnight ratings.
“Big Bang” drew 13.631 million viewers at 8/7c, while “The Mentalist” had 12.89 million from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. (9-10c). With “Person of Interest” attracting 11.456 million at 9/8c, CBS won with an average viewership of 11.69 million on the night.
The only weakness in CBS’ Thursday night slate: The new “How To Be a Gentleman,” which drew 7.819 million viewers at 8:30/7:30c, a sharp drop-off following “Big Bang.”
Elsewhere in the Thursday night ratings:
NBC lagged far behind the rest with its four comedies, followed by the new “Prime Suspect,” which saw its numbers decline at 10/9c. NBC’s Thursday night lineup looked like this in the overnights: “Community” at 8/7c, 3.37 million; “Parks and Recreation” at 8:30/7:30c, 4.129 million; “The Office” at 9/8c, 5.706 million (and trending downward); the new “Whitney” at 9:30/8:30c, 4.883 million; and “Prime Suspect,” 4.928 million. NBC’s average: 4.657 million.
ABC has also fallen behind CBS and Fox on a night where it was once much more competitive. ABC averaged 6.88 million viewers over the three hours of prime time with: “Charlie’s Angels,” 5.927 million at 8/7c; “Grey’s Anatomy,” 8.502 million at 9/8c (possibly the lowest viewership we can remember ever seeing for an original episode of “Grey’s”); and “Private Practice,” 6.21 million at 10/9c.
Fox’s “lineup” consisted of the two-hour “X Factor,” which had 11.205 million, enough for Fox to come in second on the night.