Primetime Ratings: New Series Highs for 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Scandal'

'1600 Penn' premieres low out of 'The Office'

CBS' The Big Bang Theory continues to reach new
ratings marks in its sixth season, posting a series-high 6.3 rating with adults
18-49 on Thursday, up 3% from last week, according to Nielsen overnight
numbers. The CBS comedy also hit a series-high with total viewers with 19.8
million, up 3% as well. The rest of the network's lineup was down, however. Two
and a Half Men
fell 7% to a 4.2, Person of Interest dropped a tenth
to a 3.3 and Elementary was down two tenths to a 2.4. CBS won the night
with an overall 3.6 rating/10 share.

NBC's official premiere of new comedy 1600 Penn drew
just a 1.6 rating at 9:30 p.m. (but on par with what the time period had been
averaging), airing out of The Office, which was up a tenth from its last
episode to a 2.2. Earlier, 30 Rock returned up 27% to a 1.4. A repeat of
1600 Penn's preview episode drew a 1.4 at 8:30 p.m. At 10 p.m., Rock
was up a tenth to a 1.1. NBC finished in third with a 1.5/4.

ABC's Scandal continued its strong sophomore season,
hitting a new series high with a 2.8 rating, up 17% from its last episode. Grey's
also returned up 7% to a 3.1. Last Resort was up two tenths
to a 1.2. ABC took second with a 2.4/7.

Over on The CW, the 18th Annual Critics Choice Movie
, which returned to broadcast television, drew a 0.6 rating with
18-49s and 1.9 million total viewers, the most in both measurements since 2006
(when it aired on The WB). It had aired on VH1 since 2008.

Fox's (0.9/3) Mobbed was up a tenth from last week to
a 1.2.