By James Hibberd
Updated February 28, 2014 at 04:31 PM EST
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CBS’ time-slot swap worked: Two and a Half Men and The Crazy Ones both improved in the ratings Thursday night after trading places on the schedule last night. While Fox’s American Idol hit a new series low.

First CBS: Ultra-veteran Two and a Half Men, which was moved up to 9 p.m., rose 32 percent from its last original on Feb. 6. Freshman newcomer Crazy Ones went up 12 percent despite being shifted downhill to 9:30 p.m.

The predicted reason for the rise: Men would improve by being closer to 8 p.m. powerhouse and former companion series The Big Bang Theory. And since Big Bang, The Millers and Men are all studio-based “multi-cam” sitcoms and therefore have a somewhat similar feel, they might create better flow going into The Crazy Ones, which previously seemed to spark a drop-off in ratings momentum when it aired at 9 p.m. Zen and the art of TV scheduling.

Big Bang easily won the night (full chart below), down 6 percent from its last original; The Millers was up 8 percent and Elementary was down 11 percent.

ABC’s return of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal after a nearly three-month hiatus posted gains over their winter finales — Grey’s was up 11 percent and Scandal was up 3 percent.

Fox’s American Idol was down 4 percent to rank SIXTH for the night in the demo in a new all-time low, and fourth in viewers. This is a show that just a few years ago beat everything on TV — not just on one night, but on every night, every week, every season. And now…

NBC’s Community was down 9 percent and Parks and Rec was down 23 percent, with both shows tying their all-time lows. Parenthood was down 15 percent to a new series low.

CW’s Vampire Diaries was flat and Reign dipped to a low.

NET/TIME/SHOW

18-49

VIEWERS (+000)

FOX

8-9P

AM IDOL

2.3

9,809

9-10P

RAKE

0.8

3,450

ABC

8-9P

CTDWN-OSCR

S

1.0

4,690

9-10P

GREY ANTMY-

3.0

9,310

10-11P

SCANDAL-

3.3

9,271

CBS

8:00P

BIG BANG-

4.9

17,502

8:30P

MILLERS-

2.8

11,240

9:00P

TWO&HLF MN-

2.5

10,046

9:30P

CRAZY ONES-

P

1.9

7,422

10-11P

ELEMENTARY-

1.6

8,526

NBC

8:00P

COMMUNITY-

1.0

2,625

8:30P

PARK & REC-

1.0

2,456

9-10P

HLLYWD GME-

P

1.2

3,387

10-11P

PARENTHOOD-

1.1

3,553

CW

8-9P

VAMPIRE DRS-

0.9

1,945

9-10P

REIGN-

0.5

1,313

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