TV ratings: 'The Crazy Ones' dominates 'Michael J. Fox' Thursday with help from 'The Big Bang Theory'

crazy-ones-premiere-rtgs.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

The battle of beloved stars returning to TV went decidedly in favor of Robin Williams and "The Crazy Ones" Thursday night, as his CBS show dominated the premiere of "The Michael J. Fox Show" on NBC. "The Crazy Ones" scored the biggest audience of any series premiere so far this fall and the second best 18-49 rating behind "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD."

It got a big assist from "The Big Bang Theory," which had its biggest premiere ever and improved on that in a second episode. The news wasn't all good for CBS, though, as "Two and a Half Men" and "Elementary" were both down from their premieres last year.

On the upside for NBC, "The Michael J. Fox Show" did build significantly on its "Parks and Recreation" lead-in. "Parks" was low, however, and "Parenthood" was off a little from last year's debut. "Glee" was also down for FOX, but the "Grey's Anatomy" season premiere improved a little on its 2012 opener.

CBS dominated the night with 14.2 million viewers and an 8.6 rating/14 share in households. ABC (7.9 million, 5.3/9) finished a distant second. FOX (5.8 million, 3.6/6) edged NBC (5.3 million, 3.4/6) for third. The CW (856,000, 0.5/1) aired a night of reruns.

The Eye also led the 18-49 race with a 3.7 rating, a point better than ABC's 2.7. FOX came in third with a 2.0, followed by NBC, 1.7, and The CW, 0.3.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" season premiere (18.9 million viewers, 11.3/19 households)
FOX: "The X Factor" (6.4 million, 4.0/7)
ABC: "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" rerun (5.2 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: "Parks and Recreation" season premiere (3.3 million, 2.2/4)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (924,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (5.6)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"The Crazy Ones" series premiere (15.6 million, 9.4/15)/"Two and a Half Men" season premiere (11.5 million, 7.1/11)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" season premiere (9.2 million, 6.1/9)
NBC: "The Michael J. Fox Show" series premiere (7.3 million, 4.7/7)
FOX: "Glee" season premiere (5.2 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" rerun (789,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The Crazy Ones" (4.0)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Elementary" season premiere (10.1 million, 6.4/11)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" season premiere (9.3 million, 6.3/11)
NBC: "Parenthood" season premiere (5.2 million, 3.4/6)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (3.4)

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

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