TV Ratings Thursday: 'American Idol' Dominates; 'Bones' Rises; 'Big Bang,' 'CSI,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Community,' 'Office' Hit Lows

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May 13th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.8/14 2.7/7 2.4/7 1.9/5 1.5/4 1.0/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.4/11 1.6/5 1.9/6 2.1/7 1.4/5 1.1/4
Total Viewers (million) 16.278 11.497 7.351 3.863 3.672 2.364

Of course Fox dominated the adults 18-49 ratings on Thursday night as American Idol's 6.2 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth vs. last week (recent adjustments would indicate that is likely to rise in the final ratings). At 9pm Bones' 3.3 adults 18-49 rating was up a tenth from last week.

The season finale of NBC's Community drew a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth (7%) from last week, tieing a series low. Following a repeat, a new episode of The Office scored a 3.2 rating, down 9% vs. last week, tieing a season low. At 9:30, the first of two Parks & Recreation was down a tenth (4%) vs. last week to a 2.4 rating, while the second at 10pm notched a 2.0 rating. The Outsourced finale 1.5 rating was even with last week.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating was even with last week's season low, and Rules of Engagement's 2.3 rating was up a tenth (5%). The CSI season finale nabbed a 2.6 rating, up 13% vs. last week, but still its lowest rated season finale. At 10pm, The Mentalist's 2.6 rating was down a tenth (4%) vs. last week.

ABC's Wipeout 1.7 adults 18-49 rating was up 21% vs. last week. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy fell 9% vs. last week to a series low 3.2 rating. Private Practice's 2.3 rating was the same as last week's.

It was season finale Thursday on the CW, where The Vampire Diaries matched last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, and Nikita's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth of a point.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 12, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX American Idol 10 RESULTS 5.6 18 19.531
CBS The Big Bang Theory 3.2 11 10.468
ABC Wipeout 1.6 5 5.285
NBC COMMUNITY 1.4 5 3.239
CW THE Vampire Diaries 1.3 4 2.715
8:30 FOX American Idol 10 RESULTS 6.9 20 23.584
CBS Rules of Engagement 2.3 7 8.000
ABC Wipeout 1.8 5 5.636
CW THE Vampire Diaries 1.4 4 2.866
NBC The Office - R 1.2 4 2.618
9:00 FOX BONES 3.7 10 12.283
NBC The Office 3.2 9 6.245
ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 3.1 8 9.215
CW Nikita 0.7 2 1.927
9:30 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 3.2 8 9.505
FOX BONES 3.0 8 9.712
CW Nikita 0.7 2 1.949
10:00 CBS THE Mentalist 2.7 7 13.976
ABC Private Practice 2.4 6 7.356
10:30 CBS THE Mentalist 2.6 7 13.560
ABC Private Practice 2.2 6 7.109
NBC OUTSOURCED 1.5 4 2.956

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 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" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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