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'Community' returns lower in ratings

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Would you settle for five seasons and a movie? Returning right after the New Year holiday, NBC’s Community suffered a drop in the ratings Thursday night.

Community had 3.7 million viewers for its 8 p.m. season premiere and then 3 million viewers for its special second episode at 8:30 p.m. Among adults 18-49, Community had a 1.3 rating and then a 1.2, down 32 percent from last year. This is an all-time low for a Community premiere. Community also didn’t help The Michael J. Fox Show or Sean Saves the World, with both returning to a series low (see chart below). Check our extensive Q&A with Community creator Dan Harmon.

Community‘s big rival, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (18.9 million, 5.3) didn’t see any holiday impact, however, returning up a few notches from its last episode to rule the night. The rest of CBS’ comedy lineup also posted gains, as well as Elementary.

While ABC had two premieres. There was the return of The Taste (4.7 million, 1.2), down 43 percent from its Tuesday night series premiere last year. Then there was new 10 p.m. eight-episode miniseries The Assets (3.8 million, 0.7), based upon the real-life Aldrich Ames spy case. Clearly, it’s no Scandal.

FOX 8-9P SLEEPY- RS 0.6 2,054
9-10P BONES- RS 0.7 3,044
ABC 8-10P TASTE- P 1.2 4,738
10-11P ASSETS- P 0.7 3,778
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- 5.3 18,931
8:30P MILLERS- 2.9 11,551
9:00P CRAZY ONES- 2.0 8,236
9:30P TWO&HLF MN- 2.1 8,548
10-11P ELEMENTARY- 1.8 8,916
NBC 8-9P COMMUNITY- P 1.3 3,386
9:00P SEAN-WORLD- 0.8 2,767
9:30P MJ FOX SHW- 0.8 2,515
10-11P PARENTHOOD- 1.3 3,986
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DRS- R 0.3 836
9-10P REIGN- R 0.2 794