By James Hibberd
Updated January 31, 2014 at 04:34 PM EST
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Thursday night’s Big Bang Theory squashed Community, then slowly ground the NBC comedy under its heel while laughing manically.

Despite dropping 11 percent since its last original airing, Big Bang Theory had a hefty 18.9 million viewers and a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49. Community had 3 million viewers and a 1.1 rating. So that Big Bang rating is 364 percent higher than Community. Not helping matters: Community also faced Fox’s American Idol (11.2 million viewers, 3.1), which used to rule this night of the week, then heroically struggled against encroaching Big Bang Theory a couple years ago, and now just simply shrugs into a “hey we did great too!” second place.

Meanwhile, Fox’s first and last garden-tool-titled legal drama Rake, dropped precariously in the ratings, with 5.3 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, dropping 24 percent.

Too bad the rest of CBS’ comedy lineup wasn’t nearly so impressive as Big Bang Theory. While The Millers did well, The Crazy Ones and Two and a Half Men were both modest. At 10 p.m., Elementary had its most-watched episode since its season premiere. NBC’s Parks and Recreation improved a bit on Community, and the network’s SNL special did well. On The CW, Vampire Diaries dipped but Reign rose — hey, Adelaide Kane should yell at fans to watch the show more often! Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW

18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)

FOX

8-9P

AM IDOL-

3.1

11,230

9-10P

RAKE-

1.3

5,304

ABC

8-10P

TASTE-

1.0

3,530

10-11P

SHARK-

R

1.0

3,751

CBS

8:00P

BIG BANG-

5.1

18,875

8:30P

MILLERS-

2.8

11,790

9:00P

CRAZY ONES-

1.9

8,273

9:30P

TWO&HLF MN-

1.9

8,545

10-11P

ELEMENTARY-

2.0

10,157

NBC

8:00P

COMMUNITY-

1.1

2,992

8:30P

PARK & REC-

1.2

2,952

9-11P

SNL:SPCTLR-

RS

1.8

4,746

CW

8-9P

VAMPIRE DRS-

1.0

2,355

9-10P

REIGN-

0.7

1,688

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