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TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'American Idol' Rise, 'Grey's Anatomy' Flat, 'Elementary' Hits Low

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May 16th, 2014

The Vampire Diaries Season Finale May 15

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC UNI NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.9/6 1.4/5 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/5 1.2/5 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.994 6.657 5.469 2.460 3.470 1.415

CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, the season finale of The Big Bang Theory earned a 4.8, up 26 percent from last week's 3.8 adults 18-49 rating and even with the previous season finale. The season finale of The Millers scored a 2.4, up 26 percent from last week's series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Bad Teacher notched a1.4, up 8 percent from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale of Elementary garnered a series low 1.4, down 7 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and down 30 percent from a 2.0 for the previous season finale.

On FOX, Hell's Kitchen scored a 1.7, up 13 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. American Idol earned a 2.0, up 25 percent from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the season finale of Grey's Anatomy matched last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.  Black Box scored a series low 1.1, down 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Hollywood Game Night earned a 1.1, up 22 percent from last week’s 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Part two of Rosemary’s Baby garnered a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 9 percent from Sunday’s 1.1.

On The CW, the season finale of The Vampire Diaries earned a 0.8, up 14 percent from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating but down 27 percent from a 1.1 for the previous season finale. The season finale of Reign matched last week’s 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 15, 2014 (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - Season Finale 4.8/18 16.29
FOX Hell's  Kitchen 1.7/6 4.76
NBC Hollywood Game Night 1.1/3 3.79
CW The Vampire Diaries - Season Finale 0.8/3 1.57
ABC Grey's Anatomy - R 0.6/2 3.58
8:30 CBS The Millers - Season Finale 2.4/8 9.88
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy - Season Finale 2.5/8 8.61
FOX American Idol 2.0/6 8.56
CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.8/6 7.58
NBC Rosemary's Baby (9-11PM) 1.0/3 3.31
CW Reign - Season Finale 0.5/1 1.26
9:30 CBS Bad Teacher 1.4/4 5.53
10:00 CBS Elementary - Season Finale 1.4/5 7.34
ABC Black Box 1.1/4 4.23

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Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

 

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,”1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2.

 

  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

 

  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

 

  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

 

 

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