Ratings: Big Bang and Mom Hit Highs, The Blacklist Returns to Lows

The Big Bang Theory this week delivered 16.7 million total viewers and a 3.6 demo rating, hitting a season high in audience and scoring its best Thursday demo number of the season.

Leading out of that, The Great Indoors (9.7 mil/1.9) drew its best audience of the season and a best-since-premiere rating. Mom (8.5 mil/1.7) hit season highs, Life in Pieces (6.7 mil/1.4) ticked up and Pure Genius (5.3 mil/0.8) dipped to tie its Thursday low.

Over on NBC, Superstore (4.5 mil/12.) returned steady, while The Good Place (3.6 mil/1.0) was down two tenths from its fall finale. Chicago Med (6.2 mil/1.2) and The Blacklist (5.2 mil/1.0) each slipped two tenths after the 8-week break, with the latter hitting series lows in the demo and total audience.

Leading out of The Great American Baking Show (5 mil/1.0), which drew its most watched episode ever, ABC’s Menendez Brothers special did 7 mil and a 1.6.

Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (3.7 mil/1.2) was up two tenths.

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  1. Kevin says:

    Bad news continues for Pure Genius :-(

  2. Coop says:

    If this ends up being the end for The Blacklist I hope they’ve built a solid final arc. I’m still a few of episodes behind. The big thing it has going for it is that generally you wouldn’t want to cancel the original when starting up a spinoff. Also, I’ve read previously that they make some really good money via Netflix streaming.

    • Walkie says:

      Agreed. It sure looks like this will be the last half season. I’m hopeful they have planned for this and can give us a great final episode that ties things up.

  3. kmw says:

    Good for CBS but obviously no one stuck around for Pure Genius last night. Not good for most of NBC and they didn’t even have Shonda’s shows to go up against. FOX should consider last night a bright spot. At least Hell’s Kitchen did marginally better than everything else they have had there for awhile, not American Idol mind you but better than Rosewood

  4. Pumpkin says:

    I think you mean 1.2 for “Superstore.” Or NBC is very happy with a 12 rating..

  5. Penny says:

    Ouch Blacklist. That one hurts, I have faithfully watched that show from the beginning and hate that it’s doing so badly, but the story is gone. Last night was a filler episode, or it felt like it was, and not exactly a “winter premiere” episode. Hoping it still gets a 5th season even with the spinoff nobody wants or asked for (USA today’s words, not mine.)

  6. datdudemurphy says:

    Last night’s Blacklist was just boring.
    An incredibly lackluster return.
    Next week’s looks far more interesting.

  7. fernando933 says:

    NBC should just move Blindspot & Blacklist to Friday’s in the fall and give them one more season to see if that works for them.

  8. Boiler says:

    Now I believe Blacklist performing worse than Mysteries of Laura. Why did NBC cancel it again??

  9. John NYC says:

    TBBT was great last night. Good ep for so many people to catch.

  10. Wanda says:

    Didn’t know The Blacklist winter premier was on last night. Love S1 and 2 but the whole “who is Liz father/keeping Liz safe story line is so I Don’t Care. Loved the original premise of show. Red helping FBI/Liz to capture bad guys concept. I even like Tom (not sure a spin off is needed but he is good actor and even better eye candy)(apologies if the eye candy comment is offensive)

  11. Jean Alica says:

    I do not want the Blacklist to end nor could I find it being the end for Mr Kaplen. Because she knows everything about Red and Elizabeth. She is the other person who held Liz as a baby. Also she could find Reverend Right’s body!