TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' falls but dominates Thursday, 'Idol' dips slightly

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big-bang-theory-jan-30-14-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Thursday night's top two shows -- "The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol" -- each fell some from their last original episodes, but they maintained their positions as the No. 1 and 2 series among adults 18-49.

CBS' other comedies were down as well, with "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" tying their series lows among adults 18-49, although "Elementary" was even (and up in viewers). FOX's "Rake" also fell in its second week. "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" were steady with last week.

CBS drew 11.3 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/11 share in households for the night, beating FOX (8.3 million, 5.0/8) by a comfortable margin. NBC (4.2 million, 2.6/4) came in third. ABC took fourth with 3.6 million viewers and a 2.4/4, and The CW (2 million, 1.3/2) trailed.

The Eye also led the 18-49 race with a 2.6 rating. FOX took second with a 2.2 and was the only other network to score above a 2.0. NBC posted a 1.6, followed by ABC, 1.0, and The CW, 0.8.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (18.9 million viewers, 11.3/18 households)/"The Millers" (11.8 million, 7.1/11)
FOX: "American Idol" (11.2 million, 6.6/10)
ABC: "The Taste" (3.4 million, 2.3/4)
NBC: "Community" (3 million, 2.0/3)/"Parks and Recreation" (2.95 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (2.4 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (5.1)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"The Crazy Ones" (8.3 million, 5.1/8)/"Two and a Half Men" (8.55 million, 5.5/8)
FOX: "Rake" (5.3 million, 3.4/5)
NBC: Special - "SNL Sports Spectacular" (4.75 million, 2.9/4)
ABC: "The Taste" (3.65 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "Reign" (1.7 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" tied at 1.9

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Elementary" (10.2 million, 6.4/11)
NBC: "SNL Sports Spectacular" (4.7 million, 2.9/5)
ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (3.75 million, 2.6/4)

18-49 leader: "Elementary" (2.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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