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TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Bang Theory' Tops 'Idol', But Fox Wins Night Full of Season/Series Lows

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April 6th, 2012

 

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On the eve of Good Friday and heading into Easter Sunday, shows were  down across-the-board.  Looks like we need to add a "Close to Easter" square to our Fan Excuse Bingo cards. Whatever the reason(s) overall television usage was down 6% from 8-10p vs last Thursday.

Fox won the night with adults 18-49 (though head-to-head from 8-10p, CBS bested Fox). The Big Bang Theory topped the night with a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating, down half of an adults 18-49 ratings point from last week to season lows, but American Idol was down six tenths to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating so The Big Bang Theory still easily led.

For the first time, Person Of Interest bested Grey's Anatomy at 9pm(a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating vs. 2.8 for Grey's). But both shows were off from their last originals with Person Of Interest down four tenths from last week and Grey's Anatomy was down two tenths vs. the 3.0 it got in its last original on March 15. It was a season low for Grey's AnatomyRules of Engagement was flat vs. last week (though tied at its season low). The Mentalist was down 11% to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating tying its series low for a regular telecast.

ABC's (and Shonda Rhimes') Scandal premiered to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, while on par with Rhimes' Private Practice, I'd guess both ABC and Ms. Rhimes were hoping for better in a series premiere as there is typically nowhere to go but down.  Earlier in the night Missing saw a season low with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox's Touch seems to be fading fast and was down four tenths from last week to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Across- the- board season and series lows for NBC's originalsCommunity sagged four tenths to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating and 30 Rock was down three tenths to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Up All Night was down two tenths to a 1.1 adults 18-49 and Awake was off a tenth to a 0.9 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 5, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.2/14 13.01
FOX American Idol 3.8/12 13.79
ABC Missing 1.4/5 7.16
NBC Community 1.3/5 3.10
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.4/1 1.11
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.7/8 8.79
NBC 30 Rock 1.2/4 2.82
9:00 CBS Person Of Interest 2.9/8 13.47
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.8/8 8.08
FOX Touch 2.3/7 7.45
NBC The Office (R) 1.0/3 2.55
CW The Secret Circle (R) 0.4/1 0.82
9:30 NBC Up All Night 1.1/3 2.62
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.4/7 12.48
ABC Scandal (Premiere) 2.1/6 7.45
NBC Awake 0.9/3 2.54

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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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.5/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market household) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 delayed by Masters coverage).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-4) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 delayed by Masters coverage).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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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NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day DVR viewing" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Andy

    Go TVD! A repeat outperformed GG and Ringer.

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