James Hibberd
February 28, 2014 AT 04:31 PM EST

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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