TV Ratings Report: The Very Big Bang Theory, The Crazy Good Ones

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It was a mostly strong night for CBS on Thursday, with a double dose of The Big Bang Theory delivering huge numbers and The Crazy Ones opening strong.

Two and a Half Men and Elementary were down sharply from their September 2012 openers, however, as we run down all the figures below...

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  • THE BIG BANG THEORY brought in 18.3 million viewers overall for its first episode and 19.5 million for its second, along with an enormous 5.3 rating and 5.8 rating, respectively, among 18-49-year olds.
  • THE CRAZY ONES garnered 15.6 million total viewers, retaining a chunk of TBBT's audience.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN was down 17 percent among young adults compared to last year, while ELEMENTARY also dropped significantly (10.1 million/2.1 rating).
  • PARKS AND RECREATION drew 3.3 million and a 1.3 rating, sadly down from last year's premiere. Despite being awesome and hilarious.
  • THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW debuted to an average of 7.3 million between its two installments, about on part with The Office last September, while PARENTHOOD was down 5 percent in total viewers with 5.2 million
  • THE X FACTOR was on par with last Thursday at 6.4 million/2.0, while GLEE dropped a whopping 30 percent from the Season 4 opener.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY killed off a character on its two-hour premiere and drew 9.3 million/3.4, a decrease of around 20 percent year-over-year.

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