Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/8 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.0/4 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.94 5.29 5.66 2.88 2.54 1.59

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

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a season low 4.3, down four tenths from its last original’s 4.7 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers matched its last original’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men earned a 2.5, up a tenth from its last original’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Bad Teacher premiered to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, up from The Crazy Ones‘ recent performance, but still CBS’ second lowest-rated in-season comedy debut ever, (the first was We Are Men , which debuted to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating). Elementary matched its last original’s 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Hell’s Kitchen matched last week’s 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. American Idol earned a 1.8, down a tenth from last week’s 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Surviving Jack matched last week’s series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy garnered a series low-tying 2.3, down three tenths from last week’s 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Black Box scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the hourlong season finale of  Parks and Recreation scored a 1.0, up a tenth from last week’s series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. A  Saturday Night Live special earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries matched last week’s series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Reign earned a 0.5, up a tenth from last week’s series low 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 24, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.3 16 15.96
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 1.7 6 4.82
NBC Parks and Recreation (8-9PM) 1.0 3 2.71
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.7 3 1.79
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live -R 0.6 2 2.75
9:30PM CBS The Millers 2.5 8 10.15
9:00PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.5 8 9.46
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 2.3 7 7.64
FOX American Idol 1.8 5 7.60
NBC Saturday Night Live (9-11PM) 1.0 3 2.46
CW Reign 0.5 1 1.38
9:30PM CBS Bad Teacher -P 2.1 6 7.87
FOX Surviving Jack 1.0 3 3.93
10:00 PM CBS Elementary 1.6 5 8.12
ABC Black Box -P 1.5 4 6.60

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,” 2.5/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.0/5.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.5/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.1/4 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” (1.3/5 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” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 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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