Unlike last week, there were no premieres in primetime last night as the midseasoners started to settle in – and settle in they did, nicely in at least one incidence. Having seemingly slipped back onto the schedule, two weeks ago, the third show of Season 2 of The Odd Couple (1.7/6) saw a 13% rise among adults 18-49 from last week. Of course, it never hurts when you have an original The Big Bang Theory (3.1/12) as your 8 PM lead-in and Sheldon and gang are having a Game Of Thrones viewing party. BBT was even in the demo with its last original of April 7 but saw a small 2% uptick in viewership to 13.83 million.
The ratings writing was on the wall with the upward movement of the Matthew Perry and Tom Lennon show as the rest of CBS’ comedies also rose on Thursday. With the House of Moonves winning the night with a 1.7/6 rating and 7.85 million viewers, Mom (1.8/6) and 2 Broke Girls (1.8/6) were both up 20% in the 18-49s. At 10 PM, newbie, Rush Hour (1.0/4) won its slot against a slumping The Catch (0.9/3) and shaky Game of Silence (0.7.2). While the CBS cop comedy was up 11% from its April 14 show, the latest TGIT series was down a tenth as was the new NBC thriller in its second week.
Otherwise, it was an unremarkable night for the Comcast-owned net as new reality competition show Strong (0.8/3) was even with its soft start last week and The Blacklist (1.3/4) declined a tenth. Now, if last week is any indication, those numbers may change for the James Spader show with an adjustment in the final results.
Back after a week off, Scandal (1.5/5) stumbled again, as it has repeatedly since returning from winter break on February 11. Hitting a demo low in the early numbers, the Oval Office-based drama took a 12% fall from its last original of April 7. Scandal’s ongoing ratings issue certainly was helped by Grey’s Anatomy (2.0/8). TGIT’s consistently healthiest offering was down 9% among adults 18-49 from its strong 2-hour show of last week. With the powerhouse of a new BBT back on the schedule, ABC shifted from the top ratings and audience spot last week to second place with a 1.5/5 and 6.08 million watching overall.
Fox had a basically steady night with Bones (0.8/3) and new reality show American Grit (0.7/2) both taking a decline of a tenth from their April 14 shows. DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (0.7/2) and The 100 (0.4/1) on the CW were dead even with last week.