TV ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' rebounds and leads Thursday

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big-bang-theory-proton-resurgence-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, May 2, 2013

Several network shows bounced back from a down week last Thursday with better performances. "The Big Bang Theory" once again led the way, rising in both viewers and adults 18-49. "Grey's Anatomy" also improved for ABC, and an hour-long "Office" and the "Parks and Recreation" finale helped NBC tick up as well.

The news wasn't all good. "American Idol" dropped to an all-time low among adults 18-49, and "Scandal" slipped a little for ABC. CBS' "Person of Interest" and "Elementary" were off a little in viewers but steady in the 18-49 demographic.

CBS led the night with just over 12 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share in households. FOX (8.1 million, 5.1/8) held off ABC (6.75 million, 4.6/7) for second place. NBC finished a pretty distant fourth with 2.9 million viewers and a 1.8/3. The CW (1.7 million, 1.1/2) trailed.

Thanks to "Big Bang," CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.7 rating. ABC and FOX tied for second at 2.2. NBC took fourth with a 1.4, and The CW came in at 0.7.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (15.7 million viewers, 9.7/17 households)/"Two and a Half Men" (11.9 million, 7.6/12)
FOX: "American Idol" (11 million, 6.8/11)
ABC: "Wife Swap" (3.6 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: "Community" (2.8 million, 1.7/3)/"The Office" (3.3 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (2.1 million, 1.4/2)

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

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Person of Interest" (12.8 million, 8.0/12)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (8.5 million, 5.7/9)
FOX: "Glee" (5.2 million, 3.3/5)
NBC: "The Office" (3.6 million, 2.2/3)/"Parks and Recreation" season finale (2.9 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: "Beauty and the Beast" (1.25 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (2.9)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Elementary" (9.5 million, 6.1/10)
ABC: "Scandal" (8.1 million, 5.5/9)
NBC: "Hannibal" (2.5 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "Scandal" (2.6)

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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Photo/Video credit: CBS