According to early numbers from Nielsen, CBS averaged 10.5 million viewers in prime time, led by "The Big Bang Theory," which drew 17.5 million overall and notched a rating of 4.9 in the key 18-49 demographic, down a tick from its last original episode. It was the most-watched and highest-rated telecast of the night.
In the advertiser-desired demographic, a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.
"The Millers," "The Crazy Ones" and
Returning dramas helped
"American Idol" fell a tenth of a point from last week to a rating of 2.3, its lowest ever for a regularly scheduled episode. However, it rose 7% week-to-week to 9.8 million viewers. With "Rake" down 20% to a meager 0.8, the network nabbed an average rating of 1.5, putting it in third place.