There was only one season premiere on television on Thursday and its ratings were way down. Falling 28% from last season’s January premiere, NBC’s 30 Rock (1.3/4) returned for its seventh and final season last night. That’s the lowest season premiere ever for the Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin show. Emphasizing the point, Thursday’s 30 Rock was also down 7% from its May finale and 24% from last fall’s September 22 season premiere of Community in the Thursday 8 PM slot. Two new series that debuted last week also saw slippage last night. ABC’s Last Resort (1.8/6) was down 18% from last week’s already modest premiere. With the second episode of its debut season, Elementary (2.6/7) slipped last night too. CBS’ Sherlock Holmes modernization was down 16% from last Thursday.
CBS did have a NFL pre-emption on its Phoenix affiliate, so fast nationals are approximated and could change in the finals. While down 2% from last week’s season debut, The Big Bang Theory (4.9/16) was the night’s most watched show overall with 15.38 million tuning in. After hitting its lowest rated telecast ever last week with its season debut, Two And A Half Men rose 6% on Thursday at 8:30 PM. Person of Interest (3.1/8) was up 7% from its premiere last week. One week into its new season, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (3.7/10) was down 16%. Its lead-out, Scandal (2.1/6) was even with last week’s season premiere. On NBC, Up All Night (1.4/4) followed 30 Rock. The show remained even with last week. The Office (2.1/6) was also the same as last week. Parks And Recreation (1.9/5) had a good night, up 19% from last week. Parks held on to 90% of its lead-in from The Office, up from the 76% it held last week. Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.1/3) was also up, a solid 38% from its September 27th show. Over on Fox, Boot Camp continued on The X-Factor (3.1/0) with the show on par with last week. With its “Break-Up” show last night, Glee (2.6/7) was up 8% from last week. The CW’s finale of The Next (0.3/1) was even with last week’s show.
With DVR penetration up 4% from the same period last year, fast nationals can reflect some distortion in accuracy. With that and the football pre-emption in mind, CBS won the night in the 18-49 and terms of total viewers, with an audience of 13.29 million. Fox was second in the demo and ABC was second in total viewership with 8.41 million.