quest premiere ratings TV ratings: 'The Quest' opens quietly, 'Big Brother' leads ThursdayFast National ratings for Thursday, July 31, 2014

ABC’s “Lord of the Rings”-esque competition show “The Quest” didn’t conquer much territory in the Nielsen ratings Thursday, opening in third place in its hour.

Per usual, “Big Brother” scored the night’s best 18-49 rating, holding steady with last week’s fast nationals. “Last Comic Standing” was also steady for NBC, as were “Rookie Blue” and “NY Med” on ABC.

CBS delivered 5.4 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/6 share in households for the night, beating out ABC’s 4.3 million and 2.8/5. NBC (3.2 million, 2.0/4) came in third. FOX (2 million, 1.3/2) finished fourth, and The CW (598,000, 0.4/1) trailed.

CBS also topped the adults 18-49 demographic with a 1.4 rating and was the only network to get over the 1.0 mark. NBC finished second with a 0.9, followed by ABC, 0.8; FOX, 0.6; and The CW, 0.1.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” rerun (7.2 million viewers, 4.7/9 households)/”The Millers” rerun (5.4 million, 3.6/7)
NBC: “Hollywood Game Night” rerun (3.95 million, 2.5/5)
ABC: “The Quest” series premiere (2.8 million, 1.8/3)
FOX: “Sleepy Hollow” rerun (1.8 million, 1.2/2)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” rerun (576,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (1.6)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Big Brother” (6.2 million, 3.8/7)
ABC: “Rookie Blue” (4.5 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: “Gang Related” (2.3 million, 1.5/3)
NBC: “Welcome to Sweden” (2.6 million, 1.7/3)/”Working the Engels” (1.9 million, 1.3/2)
The CW: “The Originals” rerun (621,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: “Big Brother” (2.1)

10 p.m.

ABC: “NY Med” (5.45 million, 3.6/7)
CBS: “Elementary” rerun (3.65 million, 2.5/4)
NBC: “Last Comic Standing” (3.3 million, 2.1/4)

18-49 leader: “Last Comic Standing” (1.1)

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