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CBS’ “Rush Hour” Ratings Dip in Week Two; “Big Bang Theory” Sinks To Season Low Against “Idol”

Given that even critically acclaimed series often fall in their second weeks, it should come as no surprise that the tepidly reviewed “Rush Hour” fell in week two.

To the episode’s credit, it received lesser lead-in support in the adults 18-49 demographic. Its first few minutes were also contested by the final few minutes of the “American Idol” finale.

Per fast national data shared by Showbuzz, Thursday’s “Rush Hour” drew a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating and 4.83 million total viewers. The viewership figure nearly matches the 5.06 million drawn last week, but the adults 18-49 rating is off 18% from last week’s 1.1.

Such an adults 18-49 drop is not uncommon for a second episode, but insofar as last week’s premiere was modestly rated as it is, even a slight decline represents cause for concern.

“Rush Hour” was not the only “down” component of CBS’ Thursday schedule.

Flagship “The Big Bang Theory” fell to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating and 13.24 million in total viewership against the first half-hour of the “Idol” finale. The numbers represent season lows, a reality unlikely to be changed even if the show receives slight upward adjustments in the final report. Last week’s episode drew a 3.5 and 14.24 million, tying a then-season low in the former and setting what then represented a season low in the latter.

As for the rest of CBS’ night: “The Odd Couple” premiered its season with a 1.6 and 7.82 million at 8:30PM, while “Mom” (1.5, 7.30 million) and “2 Broke Girls” (1.4, 5.89 million) aired against the second hour of the “Idol” finale.

The previous “Mom” drew a 1.7 and 7.88 million. Last week’s “2 Broke Girls” posted a 1.6 and 5.69 million.

Brian Cantor

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