TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' tops night, 'American Idol' down in time slot change

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the-big-bang-theory-ratings-cbs.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, March 13, 2014

"The Big Bang Theory" continues to be CBS' winning comedy as it brought in 17.3 million viewers and a 10.4/18 households rating on March 13. Though it was down from its 17.9 million viewers (10.7/18) the week before, it still was by far the most-watched program of the night.

The series continues to be a great lead-in for "The Millers," which was the second-most watched program of the night. Also performing well was "Scandal" (down from last week, but still winning the coveted 18-49 demographic in its timeslot). Meanwhile, "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland," "Parks and Recreation" and "Reign" held steady from the previous week, and "Community" eked out a slight increase in viewers and ratings.

"American Idol" continued its dip in ratings from earlier this week when the results show moved from the 8 p.m. hour to 9 p.m. Though it still topped its competitors, it was down from 9.7 million (6.1/10) from last week and down from its 10.2 million (6.25/10) average rating from its 2-hour performance show on March 12.

CBS averaged 10.6 million viewers and a 6.5 rating/11 share in households for the night. Behind it were FOX with 7 million and 4.3/7, and ABC with 6.1 million and 4.2/7. Rounding out the night were NBC with 3.2 million and 2.2/4, and The CW with 1.4 million and 0.9/2.

CBS also won the 18-49 demographic with a 2.5 rating. FOX followed with a 2.1, then ABC with a 1.9, NBC with a 1.1 and The CW with a 0.4.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

 "The Big Bang Theory" (17.3 million viewers, 10.4/18 households)/"The Millers" (11.1 million, 6.7/11)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (5.3 million, 3.2/5)
ABC: "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" (3.1 million, 2.1/4)
NBC: "Community" (2.9 million, 1.9/3)/"Parks and Recreation" (2.7 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (3.7)

9 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (8.8 million, 5.4/9)
CBS: "Two and a Half Men" (10 million, 6.2/10)/"The Crazy Ones" (7 million, 4/4/7)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (7.1 million, 5.0/8)
NBC: "Hollywood Game Night" (3.0 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "Reign" (1.65, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (2.3)

10 p.m.

"Elementary" (9 million, 5.6/10)
ABC: "Scandal" (8.1 million, 5.6/10)
NBC: "Parenthood" (3.9 million, 2.7/5)

18-49 leader: "Scandal" (2.7)

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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