Ratings: NBC Tops Quiet First Night After May Sweeps; Fox's Gang Related Fires Blanks

Last Comic Standing - Season 8NBC, with an average demo rating of 1.5, won the first post-Sweeps night on Thursday, thanks in part to the return of Last Comic Standing.

With 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating, LCS was down 15 percent from its previous, June 2010 premiere, but up from that season’s finale (which did 4 mil/1.5).

Opening the Peacock’s night, Hollywood Game Night (3.9 mil/1.1) added a few eyeballs week-to-week while steady in the demo.

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Thursday’s other premiere, Fox’s Gang Related — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “C+” — targeted 3 million viewers and a 0.9 rating, besting only ABC’s Black Box and The CW’s Labyrinth in the demo, among fresh fare.

Hell’s Kitchen set the table with 4.2 mil/1.5, down 14 percent and two tenths.

Elsewhere….

ABC | Black Box (3.7 mil/0.8) fell 14 and 27 percent to series lows.

CBS | A Big Bang repeat topped Thursday with 9 million viewers and a 2.2 demo rating. The Eye’s only fresh episode, Bad Teacher (4.4/1.1), dropped 20 percent to series lows.

THE CW | Part 1 of Labyrinth drew 1.33 mil and a 0.2.