The long-awaited, oft-delayed Season 4 premiere of NBC’s Community on Thursday night drew 4 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating, up a tenth in the demo from its Season 3 opener — which did not air opposite American Idol — and rising 38 percent from its last finale. All told, it was the cult fave’s best rating (and the Peacock’s best performance in the Thursday lead-off time slot) since March 15, 2012. UPDATE: Community was adjusted up to a 1.9 in the finals.
That teed up Parks and Recreation (3.8 mil/2.0) for a season high rating and its best delivery since November of 2011. The Office (4.3 mil/2.1) was flat, while 1600 Penn (2.8 mil/1.1) dropped two tenths.
Capping NBC’s night, Do No Harm fell 30 and 22 percent from its lackluster launch to 2.2 mil/0.7.
Over on CBS, which swept the night: The Big Bang Theory (18.9 mil/6.1) rose 8 and 13 percent, Two and a Half Men (14.2 mil/4.1) was up 4 percent and two tenths, Person of Interest (15.2 mil/3.2) added a few eyeballs but was flat in the demo and Elementary (11 mil/2.3) ticked up just a tenth in its first outing since the Super Bowl showcase.
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (8.8 mil/3.1) saw an 11 percent demo gain, while Scandal (8 mil/2.8) ticked up a tenth to match its all-time high.
American Idol (13.2 mil/4.1) lost just a few eyeballs and dipped 9 percent in the demo. Glee (6.1 mil/2.2) rose 11 percent and a tenth.
The CW’s Vampire Diaries (2.5 mil/1.1) was steady in audience but slipped two tenths in the demo, Beauty and the Beast (1.52 mil/0.6) was down 12 percent and a tenth. (Beasties, what do you make of that ending? Cop-out, or an understandable reaction?)