TV ratings: 'Scandal' rises Thursday, 'Big Bang Theory' down but still dominant

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big-bang-april-10-14-rtgs.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, April 10, 2014

"The Big Bang Theory" fell to its lowest 18-49 rating of the season on Thursday, but it was still far and away the night's top show. Despite the dip, it still finished with a rating 53 percent higher than that of the next highest-rated show Thursday, "Scandal."

The ABC drama was up week to week with its next-to-last episode of the season. A special "Shark Tank" gave the network a boost at 8 o'clock as well, although it was off some from last Friday's airing. "American Idol" and "Surviving Jack" were even with last week for FOX. The CW's "Reign" dropped without an original "Vampire Diaries" as a lead-in.

CBS led the night in viewers with 9.8 million and a 6.2 rating/10 share in households. ABC (7.9 million, 5.3/9) came in second. FOX (5 million, 3.2/5) finished third, beating NBC (2.95 million, 2.0/3) by a decent margin. The CW trailed with 1.05 million viewers and a 0.7/1.

ABC and CBS tied for the adults 18-49 lead at 2.4. That was a point better than third-place FOX, 1.4. NBC scored a 1.0 and The CW a 0.4.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (16 million viewers, 9.8/17 households)/"The Millers" (10.2 million, 6.5/11)
ABC: "Shark Tank" (6.6 million, 4.3/7)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (4.1 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: "Community" (2.6 million, 1.7/3)/"Parks and Recreation" (2.6 million, 1.6/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (906,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (4.6)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Two and a Half Men" (9.6 million, 6.2/10)/"The Crazy Ones" (6.9 million, 4.4/7)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (8.1 million, 5.5/9)
FOX: "American Idol" (7.5 million, 4.7/8)/"Surviving Jack" (4.3 million, 2.7/4)
NBC: "Hollywood Game Night" rerun (2.65 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "Reign" (1.2 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (2.5)

10 p.m.

ABC:
"Scandal" (9.1 million, 6.2/11)
CBS: "Elementary" (7.9 million, 5.2/9)
NBC: "Parenthood" (3.6 million, 2.5/4)

18-49 leader: "Scandal" (3.0)

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

Photo/Video credit: CBS