CBS' comedies continued to rule Thursday night, though it looks like fans of "Community" are coming back from vacation.
The NBC Dan Harmon comedy about a group of misfits at a junior college rose in the ratings from last week's premiere, according to early numbers from Nielsen. "Community" drew 3.57 million viewers and generated a rating of 1.4 in the key 18-to-49 demographic, up 8% from last week's two-episode average, which is somewhat of a feat given that last year's second episode sunk 37% from the premiere.
"Parks and Recreation" returned and jumped 40% from its last original episode more than a month ago, scoring a 1.4 in the 18-to-49 demographic. "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" both increased week-to-week to a 1.0, while "Parenthood" was flat with last week's 1.3.
CBS had easily the biggest draw of the night in "Big Bang Theory," which brought in an average of 20 million viewers, its largest audience ever for a regularly scheduled episode, and a rating of 5.6 in the advertiser-coveted young adults demographic. Will Arnett's "The Millers" followed up with 13.6 million people (its biggest audience ever) and a 3.3 rating.
Robin Williams' "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" garnered a 2.4 rating in the key demographic, up 20% and 9% respectively compared with last week, coming before "Elementary," which rose 11% to a 2.0.
ABC's two-hour "The Taste" matched the demographic rating from its premiere last week at 1.3, while the new miniseries "The Assets" continued to flounder. The second part of the eight-part "Assets" fell a tick to a 0.6 in the demographic and drew just 2.9 million viewers overall.
Fox and the CW only showed reruns.