Miley Cyrus may become one of the most sought-after comedy actresses this coming pilot season after delivering another set of big ratings for CBS’ Two And A Half Men. With Cyrus back, the veteran sitcom (4.0/11) was up 11% from last week to match its season high posted by Cyrus’ first episode on the show last month. Men‘s lead-in The Big Bang Theory (5.0/15) was down a tenth from last week while matching an all-time high in total viewers (16.54 million). Person Of Interest (2.9/7) was flat in 18-49 while hitting a season high in total viewers (14.7 million). But Elementary (2.2/6), which just snagged the coveted post-Super Bowl slot, was down 8% from last week to tie its lowest rating to date. CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
After Nashville inched up in the ratings on Wednesday, another freshman ABC series waiting word on a back order posted ratings gains last nigh: Last Resort (1.4/4) was up 8% from two weeks ago. (ABC’s Thursday lineup was pre-empted for the CMAs last week.) Both series had been rumored to receive episodic orders, and the ratings upticks may have validated that. Grey’s Anatomy (3.2/8) also was up, by 7%, while Scandal (2.0/5) was flat.
Fox’s The X Factor (2.3/6) matched last week’s series low for a regularly scheduled episode. Glee (2.4/6) was down 8% in its return from a five-week hiatus (In 18-34, it was up 4%) but built onto its X Factor lead-in for the first time in Live+Same Day.
X Factor once again faced NBC’s The Voice (3.0/9) which is starting to show signs of overexposure. The extra Thursday edition of the singing competition was down 21% from the Wednesday show. It is currently tied as its lowest-rated telecast ever, and that is with possible fast nationals ratings inflation due to local NFL pre-emptions. The Voice still comfortably won over X Factor in the 8 PM hour among 18-49, while X Factor was tops in adults 18-34 (2.3 vs. 2.2) and teens (2.2 vs. 1.4). With The Voice as a lead-in, The Office (2.5/7) was up 32% from two weeks ago for a season high. Parks And Recreation (1.8/5) was up 6%, while Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.1/3) was down 15% from last week when newsmagazine ratings were boosted by Sandy coverage.
On the CW, The Vampire Diaries (1.4/4) was down a tenth from last week. Beauty And The Beast (0.7/2) was up a tenth.