CBS comedies shine; good night for 'Reign'

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The continued strength of The Big Bang Theory and the new comedy The Millers helped CBS to take Thursday in the key demo and viewers. Bang posted a 5.2 rating, up 4% from last week, which provided a sweet lead-in for The Millers (3.0, 11% from last week), according to Nielsen.

Even though The Crazy Ones at 9:30 tied its series low at 1.7, CBS still won the night in 18-49 with a 2.7 and with viewers (10.6 million).

ABC was second in the demo with a 2.1, thanks to the strength of the Shonda Rhimes drama block. Grey’s Anatomy earned a 2.6 and Scandal got a 2.8. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, however, tied its series low with a .8. Uffda.

Fox trailed in third — mostly due to the growing unpopularity surrounding Rake, which posted a mere .8 and 3.5 million. (That’s why its moving to Fridays). American Idol held steady in 18-49 (2.2) and viewers (9.7 million).

NBC trailed in fourth, with Parks & Rec and Parenthood posting the net’s best numbers for the night; they each earned a 1.2 rating and were up 9% versus the previous week. Community, in contrast, tied its series low by earning a 1.0, while Hollywood Game Night was down 8% to a 1.1.

Reign attracted some lookee-loos on the CW and ended up matching its series high in women 18-34 (1.0, up 25% from last week) while scoring its biggest audience (1.76 million) since Dec. 12. It was also up 40% (0.7) in adults 18-49 versus last week. The CW decided to present two versions of the episode — an on-air cut that meets broadcast content standards and an uncensored “too hot for TV” version that will stream exclusively online. (For more on the sexy version, click here).

Vampire Diaries was up 7% in viewers (2.18 million) and 11% among 18-49 (1.0) versus last week.

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