Ratings: Dawn of Aquarius Is a Bummer, Bones Rises, Old Bang Tops Night

The premiere of NBC’s Aquarius averaged 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating on Thursday night, waning in audience and in the demo throughout its double-episode debut.

In the half-hours, the retro crime drama performed as follows: 6.6 mil/1.3 > 5.6 mil/1.0 > 5.3 mil/1.0 > 5.1 mil/0.9.

Fun with numbers: NBC notes that versus its most recent Thursday summer drama debut — Saving Hope circa 2012 — Aquarius was up 76 and 43 percent. TVLine readers gave the show an average grade of “B.”

Over on Fox, Bones (5.4 mil/1.2) returned up 14 and 20 percent. Wayward Pines (4 mil/1.2) slipped 13 percent in audience while steady in the demo, where it edged out the opening hour of Aquarius.

The finale of ABC’s 500 Questions (5 mil/1.1) was up a tenth both week-to-week and versus its Wednesday edition. The game show’s closer gave ABC its best non-sports summer numbers in the time slot in two years.

CBS’ Big Bang rerun topped the night in both viewers (7.5 mil) and in the demo (1.4.)

Next Thursday: Hannibal returns!

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