greys anatomy may 1 14 ratings TV ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' up Thursday but 'Black Box' and 'Bad Teacher' slipFast National ratings for Thursday, May 1, 2014

The return of Isaiah Washington’s Dr. Burke to “Grey’s Anatomy” gave the show its best ratings in two months Thursday night, making it one of the bright spots in a mostly down night on the broadcast networks.

ABC’s “Black Box” dropped a bit from its premiere last week, losing half of the “Grey’s” rating among adults 18-49. “The Big Bang Theory” was steady for CBS, but the CBS’ other comedies fell, including “Bad Teacher,” which was down by more than half a point in the 18-49 demo. “American Idol” also fell on FOX, and the “iHeartRadio Music Awards” debuted to mediocre numbers for NBC. “The Vampire Diaries” and “Reign” were flat in adults 18-49 but rose some in The CW’s core under-35 demo.

CBS drew 9.4 million viewers and a 6.0 rating/10 share in households for the night. ABC (6.1 million, 4.3/7) came in second, beating out NBC’s 5.45 million and 3.3/6. FOX (4.9 million, 3.0/5) came in fourth, and The CW (1.6 million, 1.1/2) trailed.

CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.2 rating. NBC took second with a 1.7, edging ABC’s 1.6 and FOX’s 1.4. The CW earned a 0.6.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (15.7 million viewers, 9.5/17 households)/”The Millers” (9.6 million, 6.0/10)
NBC: “iHeartRadio Music Awards” (5.8 million, 3.6/6)
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen” (4.4 million, 2.7/5)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun (4.1 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (1.8 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (4.4)

9 p.m.

ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (8.7 million, 6.0/10)
CBS: “Two and a Half Men” (9.2 million, 5.8/9)/”Bad Teacher” (6.5 million, 4.3/7)
FOX: “American Idol” (6.9 million, 4.3/7)/”Surviving Jack” (3.9 million, 2.3/4)
NBC: “iHeartRadio Music Awards” (5.3 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: “Reign” (1.4 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.6)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Elementary” (7.8 million, 5.2/9)
ABC: “Black Box” (5.4 million, 3.9/7)
NBC: “iHeartRadio Music Awards” (5.25 million, 3.2/5)

18-49 leader: “Elementary” and “iHeartRadio” tied at 1.6

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter