Thursday Final Ratings: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Adjusted Up to Thursday High; ‘American Idol’ Up; ‘The Finder’ Adjusted Down

American Idol and The Big Bang Theory were each adjusted up a tenth with adults 18-49, landing in a virtual tie for the night’s highest rating, but Big Bang Theory beat out Idol in the head-to-head 30 minute period (in the preliminary ratings it was 5.4 vs. a 4.8, sadly we don’t get time period breakouts in the final numbers we receive. update: through the magic of an updated CBS press release, it was 5.5 vs. 4.9).

The 5.5 adults 18-49 rating was an all-time Thursday high for The Big Bang Theory (it also hit Thursday highs with adults 18-34 with a 4.1 rating).

The Finder was adjusted down a tenth with adults 18-49 vs. the preliminary numbers. The Private Practice repeat was adjusted down a tenth as well.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, January 26, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 5.5/16 17.14
CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.5/16 16.13
NBC 30 Rock 1.6/5 3.82
ABC Wipeout (R) 1.5/4 4.81
CW Movie: The Covenant (R) 8-10p 0.5/1 1.31
8:30 CBS Rob 3.5/9 11.50
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.7/5 3.49
9:00 FOX The Finder 2.8/7 8.44
CBS Person of Interest (R) 2.1/5 10.54
NBC 30 Rock 1.9/5 3.98
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (R) 1.3/3 4.05
9:30 NBC Up All Night (R) 1.4/4 2.97
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.9/5 9.64
NBC The Firm 1.0/3 3.80
ABC Private Practice (R) 0.8/2 2.75

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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