TV Ratings Thursday: Rising 'American Idol' Leads Fox Win; Musical 'Grey's Anatomy' Sings; 'Mobbed' Stomps 'CSI'; 'Big Bang,' 'Rules' Hit Lows

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April 1st, 2011

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS Uni NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 5.2/15 3.1/9 2.9/8 1.6/4 1.1/3 0.4/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.8/12 2.5/8 1.8/6 1.7/5 1.1/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 16.434 8.888 12.096 4.147 2.375 1.178

Of course Fox won the adults 18-49 ratings on Tuesday night, as American Idol's 6.7 adults 18-49 rating rose 5% vs. last Thursday. That was also even with the ratings of the comparable Idol telecast last season. What surprised me is that Fox's Mobbed special drew a 3.8 rating, nearly as high as the best post-Idol Bones.

And it what's almost becoming commonplace, Univision beat NBC among adults 18-49 on the night.

The musical episode of Grey's Anatomy sang a sweetly rated tune, scoring a season second best 4.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 30% vs. last week (our polled readers nailed it). Private Practice got a tiny boost, its 2.7 rating was up a tenth from last week. Earlier in the evening, a non-musical Wipeout tumbled 17% vs. last week to a 1.9 rating.

Back after a five week layoff CBS's Thursday line up had it rough. Big Bang Theory's 3.6 adults 18-49 rating was a season low, down 5% from its last original episode. Rules of Engagement's 2.3 rating, down 18% vs. its last original episode was also a season low. CSI fell 10% vs. its last new episode to a 2.8 rating, and The Mentalist fell 3% vs. its last original episode to a 2.8 rating.

The lonely new episode on NBC Thursday, Perfect Couples, crashed 38% vs. last week to a series/season low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, March 31, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX American Idol 10 RESULTS 6.0 19 19.983
CBS The Big Bang Theory 3.6 12 11.699
ABC Wipeout 1.7 5 5.937
NBC COMMUNITY - R 0.9 3 2.288
CW THE Vampire Diaries - R 0.4 1 1.171
8:30 FOX American Idol 10 RESULTS 7.4 21 24.062
CBS Rules of Engagement 2.3 7 8.181
ABC Wipeout 2.1 6 6.744
NBC Perfect Couples 1.0 3 2.141
CW THE Vampire Diaries - R 0.5 1 1.237
9:00 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 4.7 13 12.703
FOX MOBBED 3.8 10 11.189
CBS CSI 2.8 8 12.458
NBC The Office - R 1.5 4 3.161
CW Nikita - R 0.4 1 1.138
9:30 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 4.8 12 12.746
FOX MOBBED 3.8 10 10.502
CBS CSI 2.7 7 12.512
CW Nikita - R 0.4 1 1.167
10:00 ABC Private Practice 3.0 8 8.153
CBS THE Mentalist 2.8 7 13.998
NBC 30 ROCK - R 1.0 3 2.157
10:30 CBS THE Mentalist 2.8 7 13.725
ABC Private Practice 2.5 7 7.047
NBC The Office - R 1.0 3 2.115

Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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