TV ratings: 'X Factor,' 'Big Bang Theory' lead Thursday; all five networks down from last weekAdd to Favorites | The Big Bang Theory
The order of finish in Thursday's ratings stayed the same as last week, with CBS on top in viewers and FOX leading the adults 18-49 demographic. But the numbers were down across the board from a week ago.
Coverage of the baseball playoffs on TBS probably siphoned some viewers away -- based on metered markets, the cable channel will likely beat ABC, NBC and The CW in viewers -- but with the exception of "The Mentalist," which rose a little from last week, and The CW's shows, which declined just a tiny bit, everything else was down.
CBS averaged 11.7 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/11 share in households for the night, beating out FOX's 11.2 million and 7.0/11. ABC (6.9 million, 4.9/7) finished a fairly distant third. NBC (4.7 million, 3.1/5) came in fourth, and The CW trailed with 2.25 million viewers and a 1.6/2.
FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.7 rating. CBS grabbed second place with a 2.9, while ABC was third at 2.1, down half a point from last week. NBC scored a 1.9 and The CW a 1.0.