TV ratings: 'Community' premiere up, 'Big Bang Theory' wins Thursday

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community-season-5-premiere-ratings-jan-2-2014.jpg Fast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Most networks were back with new episodes Thursday night, which means "The Big Bang Theory" was back with its usual big numbers. The CBS comedy pulled in nearly 19 million viewers to be the top show of the night.

Over on NBC, the Season 5 premiere of "Community" was up over 300,000 viewers from its finale last year (though down from its Season 4 premiere), while on ABC, the Season 2 premiere of "The Taste" averaged 4.7 million viewers, which is up nearly 1.5 million from its Season 1 finale.

CBS' slate of new episodes propelled it to an overall ratings win, earning an average of 10.9 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/10 share in households. ABC was second with 4.4 million viewers and a 2.9/5, followed by NBC at 3.3 million and a 2.1/3, FOX with 2.5 million and a 1.6/2 and the CW with 815,000 and a 0.5/1 (though both FOX and the CW were in reruns).

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS also took the night with a rating of 2.7, followed by ABC and NBC tied for second with 1.1, FOX with a 0.7 and the CW with 0.2.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (18.9 million viewers, 10.9/17 households)/"The Millers" (11.55 million, 6.8/10)
ABC: "The Taste" Season 2 premiere (4.9 million, 3.2/5)
NBC: "Community" Season 5 premiere - two episodes (3.4 million, 2.1/3)
FOX: "Sleepy Hollow" rerun (2.05 million, 1.3/2)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (836,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (5.3)

9 p.m.

CBS: "The Crazy Ones" (8.2 million, 4.9/7)/"Two and a Half Men" (8.5 million, 5.3/8)

ABC: "The Taste" Season 2 premiere (4.6 million, 3.0/4)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (3 million, 1.9/3)
NBC: "Sean Saves the World" (2.8 million, 1.8/3)/"The Michael J. Fox Show" (2.5 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "Reign" rerun (794,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "Two and a Half Men" (2.1)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Elementary" (8.9 million, 5.4/9)
NBC: "Parenthood" (3.99 million, 2.6/4)

ABC: "The Assets" series premiere (3.78 million, 2.5/4)

18-49 leader: "Elementary" (1.8)

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

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