TV Ratings Thursday: 'Idol' Rises But 'Bang' Still Bigger from 8-8:30; 'Person of Interest' Ties High; 'Grey's' Higher; 'The Office' Goes Low

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February 10th, 2012


Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.0/11 3.6/10 2.6/7 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.0/6 2.0/6 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.222 14.321 7.322 3.928 3.683 2.367

Fox won the night with the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 and CBS won the night with total viewers.

American Idol scored a 5.7 adults 18-49 rating from 8-9, up two tenths versus last week.  The Finder was down a tenth versus last week to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS's The Big Bang Theory drew a 5.5 adults 18-49 rating, matching its Thursday high and bettering Idol (5.2) in the common half hour.  Rob was up a tenth to a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Person of Interest was steady and matched its series high with  a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and The Mentalist drew a 2.9 rating with adults 18-49, steady vs. last week and matching its second best outing of the season and had its largest audience of the season.

Wipeout dropped three tenths from last week, but Grey's Anatomy picked those three tenths up rising to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating at 9pm. Private Practice was steady with a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating

30 Rock's one hour episode was up three tenths from last week's 30 minute episode to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating (a 1.5 the first half hour and a 1.6 the second).  But The Office fell three tenths to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating to a season low and it's lowest-rated telecast since April 26, 2005. Up All Night was steady with a season low-tying 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. The repeat of The Voice gave NBC its best Thursday 10pm ratings since a special (original) Grimm aired in the timeslot in December.

At the CW, The Vampire Diaries was even vs. last week with adults 18-49 and The Secret Circle was up a tenth. Here is some more info on the CW shows via the CW:

Last night's VAMPIRE DIARIES was up big week to week in total viewers and key demos - it was up 11% in 2+ (3M), up 20% in A18-34 (1.2/4), up 21% in W18-34 (1.7/5) and up 6% in F18-49 (1.7/4). It was even in A18-49 (1.2/3).

It was the most watched VAMPIRE DIARIES since 1/5/12.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES tied ABC in the hour in A18-34 and tied NBC from 8-8:30 in A18-34.

THE SECRET CIRCLE was also up across the board week to week, up 6% in viewers (1.8M), up 17% in A18-34 (0.7/2), up 25% in W18-34 (1.0/3) and 14% in A18-49 (0.8/2).

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE SECRET CIRCLE have both averaged big gains this season in Live + 7 vs. Live + SD numbers - THE SECRET CIRCLE averages a 35% jump in viewers in L+7 vs. L+SD numbers, and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES sees a 29% bump. Among W18-34 it's even greater, with a 48% average increase for THE SECRET CIRCLE and a 42% increase for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 9, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 5.7/16 17.92
CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.5/16 16.06
NBC 30 Rock (9-10p) 1.6/4 3.85
ABC Wipeout 1.5/4 5.24
CW Vampire Diaries 1.2/3 2.97
8:30 CBS Rob 3.4/9 11.00
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.9/10 10.10
CBS Person of Interest 3.3/8 15.07
NBC The Office 2.5/6 5.16
FOX The Finder 2.3/6 6.25
CW The Secret Circle 0.8/2 1.77
9:30 NBC Up All Night 1.8/4 3.70
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.9/8 14.36
ABC Private Practice 2.3/6 6.63
NBC The Voice (R) 1.5/4 3.50

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

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day DVR viewing" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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