Ratings: ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Pure Genius’ rises; ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Chicago Med’ fall


Big Bang Theory -Thursday night was the first chance for many shows to come on the air with new episodes after the holiday hiatus, so as a result of that we had a good chance to see who fared well despite being off the air for so long and who was still showing some strength in the ratings.

CBS – We would argue that one of the biggest winners of the night were the folks over at CBS, at least based on some of the latest numbers that we’ve seen. “The Big Bang Theory” rose to a 3.6 for its first episode of 2017, while “The Great Indoors” recovered from some recent struggles to finish with a 1.9 behind it.

Meanwhile, “Mom” (1.7), “Life in Pieces” (1.4), and “Pure Genius” (0.8) also showed a decent amount of improvement.

ABC – The most recent episode of “The Great American Baking Show” generated a 1.0 rating, which is a nice improvement from where we’ve seen the show at recently. Meanwhile, “Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers” proved to be one of the other real highlights of the night ratings-wise. The true-crime special drew a 1.6, which should help the network quite a bit while they wait for “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” to come back.

Fox – Two episodes of “Hell’s Kitchen” drew a 1.2 and a 1.1 rating, further evidence that this show does great no matter when it airs. Gordon Ramsay has always proven to be entertainment gold.

NBC – This is where things get dicey. After “Superstore” (1.2) and “The Good Place” (1.0) posted some small declines after their return to the air, “Chicago Med” also fell slightly to a 1.2. Meanwhile, “The Blacklist” (1.0) ended up sliding by 17% versus its most-recent episode. All of a sudden, this show has become very much one on the bubble, which is certainly interesting given that it is one that was just given a spin-off a little earlier this year.

What did you watch on Thursday night? Be sure to share some of your thoughts in the comments below, and head over here to read our most-recent episode review for “The Big Bang Theory.” (Photo: CBS.)


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