The holiday hangover is over, and viewers thankfully are returning to TV, with virtually every show last night posting gains vs. their first original episodes for 2013 on January 3. All except ABC‘s troubled miniseries The Assets, which continues to explore the ratings bottom, slipping a tenth from its dismal premiere to a 0.6 to rank as the lowest-rated original telecast of an hourlong scripted project this season. Its lead-in, The Taste, did better from 8-10 PM, logging 1.3 in the second week of Season 2, up a tenth from the fast national for its season premiere last Thursday and even with the final.
CBS’ lineup saw nice week-to-week bumps for all of its Thursday series. The Big Bang Theory (5.6, 20.1 million viewers) once again dominated the field, up 6% in the demo from its fast national last Thursday and drawing its largest live audience for a regularly scheduled telecast. The Millers (3.3, 13.6 million) was up 18% though may be adjusted down a peg because of a Big Bang overrun. It currently is at a series high in total viewers and ties a series high in 18-49. The Crazy Ones (2.4, 9.6 million) was up 20% from last week, Two And A Half Men (2.4, 9.5 million) up 9% and Elementary (2.0, 9.9 million) up 11%. CBS swept every half hour of primetime in 18-49 and total viewers.
NBC‘s embattled Thursday comedy block also perked up. Week two of Community‘s fifth season (1.4) was up 8% from its soft season premiere to match the series’ highest rating since March 2013. At 8:30, Parks & Recreation (1.4) came up back from a long hiatus with its 100th episode, which hit season highs in 18-49 and total viewers (3.4 million), up 40% from its last original on November 21. Both comedies drew their largest audiences since February 7, 2013, the night of Community‘s fourth season premiere. Sean Saves The World (1.0) and The Michael J. Fox Show both logged 1.0, up 25% week to week. Parenthood (1.3) was flat. Fox aired Sleepy Hollow reruns.