Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Office' and 'American Idol' Adjusted Up; 'Scandal' Adjusted Down

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April 13th, 2012


The Office, American Idol and the 9PM Big Bang Theory repeat each were adjusted up a tenth while Scandal was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Thursday's preliminary numbers. 

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, April 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 4.3/13 15.81
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.8/9 9.72
ABC Missing 1.4/4 7.91
NBC Community 1.4/4 3.09
CW Vampire Diaries - R 0.4/1 1.02
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.7/8 8.46
NBC 30 Rock 1.4/4 2.98
9:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 3.1/8 10.21
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.9/8 8.85
FOX Touch 2.3/6 8.17
NBC The Office 2.2/6 4.39
CW Secret Circle - R 0.3/1 0.86
9:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 2.1/6 7.26
NBC Up All Night 1.5/4 3.12
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.0/6 7.28
CBS Person of Interest - R 1.8/5 8.58
NBC Awake 0.9/2 2.68

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

  • disney rocks

    @Spencer, you’re spot on 100% correct with those predictions of if if were on another network.

  • Cindy

    I what THE MENTALIST to stay on Thursday nights. I hope they leave the show
    alone. If it goes to Friday nights they might as well just take the show off
    the air. Im sorry there are a lot of you who hate the Mentalist. Your missing out on a good show. But you would not now a good show if you saw one.

  • wn

    I’ll watch The Mentalist no matter when it’s on. I prefer Thursday as well, but Friday might not be a disaster as to TM’s longevity. Blue Bloods has been there for a number of years now. Who knows, with the right shows, maybe Fridays can be somewhat revived.

    That being said, I have a feeling that The Mentalist will have a slightly different tone next year (what with Patrick hitting rock bottom this year, etc), and who knows, that might give its ratings the potential to improve. In that case, it would be a waste to move it to Fridays.

  • hardline_pro

    Where did you guys get that picture?! It’s awesome!

  • Ann

    I really love simon Baker as Jane on The Mentalist. I love the why he looks at someone. It’s like he can read there mind. And I love his smile.
    I love watching the show every week.

  • RJ


    as i said before YOU have watched MOST episodes. if you had no idea what the show was about and you randomly switched it on and saw Sheldon being retarded, you would be like… wtf?

  • wn

    I don’t think I would wtf if I saw Sheldon for the first time. To me, he’s pretty much a cliche, although an amusing one. The first time my husband saw him, he immediately equated Sheldon’s character to Niles on the Frasier show, which I think is quite accurate.

  • MrTemecula

    Ratings for CBS should be cut in half since most of them are old people who are falling asleep in front of their t.v.’s and not changing the channel. Advertisers should not be paying for commercials nobody is watching.

  • Alijah

    I happen to like Scandal. Kerry Washington is FANTASTIC in it. If I were ABC, I would renew it, then move it to Sunday nights at 9, airing after Once Upon a Time.

  • Spencer

    @disney rocks
    I forgot to add
    Everything (Even Fringe) would get renewed on CW

  • Cath

    I hate the idea of two hours of comedies on Thursdays on CBS and CBS is mostly all I watch. Leave Person of Interest where it is and leave The Mentalist alone too. These experiments are dreadful.

    Personally if there are two half hour comedies I start switching if the second half hour is uninteresting. Two Broke Girls does not fit with The Big Bang Theory. It fits on Mondays with over the top “naughty” shows. How about a Friday comedy night? That would be really different. Give that a try.

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  • Beckham

    @ Cath

    Definitely agree with leaving POI where it is now for another season. Personally I think the 2 hour comedy block would be better if they found a good show to pair with BBT which they haven’t yet. So that’s why they should wait another year or two before adding another comedy block.

  • Randi

    I can’t believe the low ratings for NBC I love Community and The Office and also Up All Night. Community is brilliant i watch it faithfully its smart and different i love it, but NBC makes no attempt to promote anything i dont understand twitter is what promotes Community and what saved it from being cancelled I never see see promos for they’re shows except when Smash was going to come on after the superbowl. They need to invest time and money to they’re current shows and promote it on cable networks like comedy central and tbs i see abc promos every where. Instead of starting terrible new show like Whitney and Are You There Chelsea!

  • Janet

    I think Touch has a great premise and had the potential to be very uplifting. So far , for me , each episode is too much like the last.
    As far as NBC’s comedies – I can’t believe they keep renewing them each season after such dismal ratings ! I wish they’d scrap the whole tired lineup and come up with something new and fresh.

  • Lyndon Fidler

    I think Missing is the best TV drama out there same goes with 2 Broke Girls.

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