TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' hits a high, 'Community' rises Thursday

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community-ratings-jan-9-14.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

The TV-watching public got over its New Year's hangover in a big way Thursday, as a number of original shows improved on their performances from a week ago.

"The Big Bang Theory" led the night, per usual, scoring its biggest total audience ever for a regularly scheduled episode and its best 18-49 rating in 11 months. "The Millers" also scored a total-viewer high for the season, and "Elementary" put up its best numbers since the start of the season.

Elsewhere, "Community" improved on its season premiere, and "Parks and Recreation" hit a season high in adults 18-49 for NBC (the rest of the network's lineup rose too). "The Taste" also grew some for ABC.

CBS' 12.1 million viewers and 7.4 rating/12 share in households beat the combined total of the other four networks. ABC finished a very distant second with 3.95 million viewers and a 2.6/4. NBC (3.6 million. 2.3/4) came in third. Both FOX (2.4 million, 1.5/3) and The CW (945,000, 0.6/1) went with repeats.

CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.0 rating. NBC took second with a 1.2, beating ABC's 1.0. FOX scored a 0.7 and The CW a 0.3.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (20.1 million viewers, 11.8/19 households)/"The Millers" (13.6 million, 8.2/13)
ABC: "The Taste" (4.4 million, 2.9/5)
NBC: "Community" (3.6 million, 2.2/4)/"Parks and Recreation" (3.4 million, 2.1/3)
FOX: "Sleepy Hollow" rerun (2.4 million, 1.5/2)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (952,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (5.6)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"The Crazy Ones" (9.6 million, 5.9/9)/"Two and a Half Men" (9.5 million, 5.9/9)
ABC: "The Taste" (4.5 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "Sean Saves the World" (3.2 million, 2.1/3)/"The Michael J. Fox Show" (3.1 million, 2.0/3)
FOX: "Sleepy Hollow" rerun (2.4 million, 1.5/2)
The CW: "Reign" rerun (939,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" tied at 2.4

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Elementary" (9.85 million, 6.3/11)
NBC: "Parenthood" (4.2 million, 2.8/5)
ABC: "The Assets" (2.9 million, 2.0/3)

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.

More ratings at Zap2it
Photo/Video credit: NBC