big bang theory bakersfield expedition ratings TV ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Scandal' hit series highs yet again ThursdayFast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Ho-hum — another Thursday, another series-best performance for “The Big Bang Theory.”

The CBS comedy scored nearly 20 million viewers and posted a 6.3 rating among adults 18-49 in leading the network to a big ratings win for the night. “Scandal” also continued its second-season surge on ABC, scoring series highs in viewers and the 18-49 demo.

On a smaller scale, NBC’s comedies were also up a little bit. The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards put up decent numbers for The CW.

CBS averaged 14.65 million viewers and a 9.0 rating/14 share in households for the night. ABC (7.8 million, 5.1/8) finished a distant second. NBC (3.9 million, 2.6/4) came in third, followed by FOX (2.65 million, 1.7/3). The CW trailed with 1.9 million viewers and a 1.4/2.

CBS also won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.6 rating. ABC (2.4) was the only other network to get above the 2.0 mark. NBC was third at 1.5, followed by FOX, 0.9, and The CW, 0.6.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (19.8 million viewers, 11.8/19 households)/”Two and a Half Men” (14.3 million, 8.8/14)
ABC: “Last Resort” (5.8 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: “30 Rock” (3.8 million, 2.5/4)/”1600 Penn” rerun (3.9 million, 2.5/4)
FOX: “Mobbed” (3.3 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: Critics Choice Movie Awards (1.9 million, 1.4/2) 18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (6.3) 9 p.m. CBS: “Person of Interest” (15.6 million, 9.5/15)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.2 million, 6.0/9)
NBC: “The Office” (4.5 million, 2.8/4)/”1600 Penn” (3.85 million, 2.4/4)
FOX: “Glee” rerun (2 million, 1.3/2)
The CW: Critics Choice Movie Awards (1.9 million, 1.4/2) 18-49 leader: “Person of Interest” (3.3) 10 p.m. CBS: “Elementary” (11.3 million, 7.2/12)
ABC: “Scandal” (8.4 million, 5.6/9)
NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (3.8 million, 2.6/4) 18-49 leader: “Scandal” (2.8)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable