TV Ratings Thursday: 'American Idol' Up; Leads Fox Win; 9p 'Big Bang Theory' Repeat Tops Originals; 'Community,' '30 Rock,' 'Scandal' Higher

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April 13th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/9 2.4/7 2.1/6 1.5/4 1.3/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.4/5 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.4/5 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.78 8.83 8.055 3.679 3.173 0.961

Fox won the night with adults 18-49 paced by American Idol which was three tenths higher last week with a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. Touch was steady vs. last week with a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Despite being almost entirely repeats, CBS was second for the night. Those rooting against another hour of comedy on CBS on Thursday's next season likely feel punched in the gut this morning with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory at 9pm topping all the original competition on ABC, Fox and NBC during that half hour. CBS's only original on the night was a Rules of Engagement episode that drew a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week when it had an original Big Bang Theory as its lead-in. The special time slot test of a Person of Interest repeat at 10pm fared pretty well with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC's Missing was down a tenth versus last week with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, a season/series low.  But Grey's Anatomy was up a tenth to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating and Scandal was up a tenth with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, both Community and 30 Rock inched up vs. last week with both drawing a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. The Office was down three tenths vs. its last original a month ago to a series low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.  With an original of The Office as its lead-in, the season finale of Up All Night was up three tenths vs. last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  That didn't help Awake any though, it was steady at its series lows with another 0.9 adults 18-49 rating (just half that of the Person of Interest repeat airing opposite of it).

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 4.2/13 15.34
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 2.8/9 9.58
ABC Missing 1.4/4 7.87
NBC Community 1.4/5 3.18
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.4/1 1.08
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.7/8 8.46
NBC 30 Rock 1.4/4 3.04
9:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 3.0/8 10.25
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.9/8 8.84
FOX Touch 2.3/6 8.22
NBC The Office 2.1/6 4.35
CW The Secret Circle (R) 0.3/1 0.85
9:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls (R) 2.1/6 7.37
NBC Up All Night (Season Finale) 1.5/4 3.18
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.1/6 7.45
CBS Person of Interest (R) 1.8/5 8.66
NBC Awake 0.9/2 2.65

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.8/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.3/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market household) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-4) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 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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  • MoHasanie

    Grey’s Anatomy was only up a bit. But Scandal was the same as last week. At least its stable. If Scandal premiered in January, or even February, the Grey’s lead in was high 3’s back then. Bad decision by ABC to wait till April to premiere Scandal.

    ROE was stable. That’s interesting. No wonder CBS wants to move it, because, a they have no space on their schedule, except Saturday, and it doesn’t really require a lead in.
    Its interesting, that a TBBT repeat beat a new Grey’s.

    Wow, The Office at 2.1! That’s so low. Didn’t it pull like high 3’s, and 4.1 for the episode when Steve carell left?

    Touch was even with last week, and even had the same half hours.

  • SJ

    What is up with this season? Scandal is the third show to rise in episode 2. I’m glad for the show, but I’d still like PP, BoP and GCB renewed over it.

    Nice for Community and 30 Rock. Series low for The Office?

    Touch steady… that buys it at least 13 episodes for the fall.

    I guess Missing holding steady is the best ABC can hope for at this point. Grey’s up from lows has gotta be good news too.

    Two hour comedy block. CBS Thursdays. Fall 2012. It’s happening, people!

  • 47th

    Well, that’s impressive for Scandal, even if it’s adjusted down in the finals.

  • Ben Thompson

    I can’t believe that the 9pm repeat of BBT topped Greys, that was quite a shocker. 2BG didn’t do as well as I expected.

  • senor chang

    And not to be premature, but Touch seems to be following a ratings trajectory similar to Smash’s so far. Still FOX’s second-highest-rated drama of the week, but if it doesn’t stabilize around here, it may be in some trouble…

    Scandal looks impressively steady: it’s right on the edge of the bubble right now. Where it goes from here will determine its future.

    CBS is SLAYING Thursdays.

  • rob60990

    Touch now isn’t doing much better than The Finder and I’m sure would go below a 2.0 without Idol lead-in. FOX should just cancel it.

  • Petar

    TBBT rerun! WOW! POI rerun WOW!

    Person Of Interest rerun at 10 – 1.8s is only tenth lower then the best drama rerun NCIS in 8 – 1.9s! NCIS LA reruns are 1.4 and Greays repeats are 1.2! ONCE last repeat again in 8pm was 1.0!

    People we can clearly said that crime drama procedurals beat serilized dramas with 2:1!

  • senor chang

    On another note, it’s very amsing to see such big differences in the 18-49 demo with the three ABC shows when all of them are in the 7-9 million viewer range.

  • DenverDean

    Unless the two-hour block is anchored by TBBT at 8 and 9, it will flop. CBS already is having trouble on Monday. Do they really want to dilute that further by moving TAHM or 2BG? Next fall will face same line-up as spring TV, DWTS and MNF. Plus, POI will be hurt at 10. It has the chance to be a monster hit at 9. No chance of that happening at 10.

  • bluejays

    So a repeat of big bang does as well as an original of POI? I really think they’re going to go for the 2 hour comedy block and moving POI either to ten or to another night.

    I think they should keep 2 Broke Girls on Mondays though. 2.5 Men is slowly declining and I think will fall further next year. Why move your biggest new comedy to the night you already have your biggest comedy? Move Mike and Molly or put a new show on Thursdays and keep 2BG’s to anchor Mondays after 2.5 Men really starts to slide.

  • HB

    TBBT repeat beat GA original? What a beast TBBT is!

  • Mike R.

    At least Awake didn’t do Amy worse. :(

  • Ryan Schwartz

    CBS just got all the proof they need. Moving Bang to 9pm next season would work. Now I’d just like to see how 2 Broke Girls would do all-new at 8. If they did something like this (below) next year, they’d have a way of building another hit at 8:30 given the theory that 2BG’s audience would follow them to Thursdays at 8. And given how stable it has been since it’s return, I say renew Rules of Engagement and keep it on this new line-up as a safety next season.

    8:00pm – 2 Broke Girls
    8:30pm – New Sitcom
    9:00pm – The Big Bang Theory
    9:30pm – Rules of Engagement
    10:00pm – Persons of Interest

  • hubertwentland5

    CBS is trying Mike & Molly and Rules repeats on next Friday, so an additional comedy hour is granted i guess. question is where.

  • Dennis

    Rules deserves renewal… just because its not the beast TBBT is, doesnt mean it should get cancelled, a 2.7 is nothing to be laughed at.

    Good to see Touch steady

    Oh and Off Topic, but TVLINE has updated Fringe from Could go either way”” to “a safe bet” to “a sure thing” :)

  • billy

    chevy is right community is getting really lame ,
    30 rock is starting to be unwatchable . the writting on that show reminds me of bad fan fiction, nbc should fire every exec. that works there and start from scratch

  • Hades

    If CBS expand their comedy block are we going to assume they will pick up 3 new ones to air Monday 8.30, Thursday 8.30 and 9.30? Or have Rules and/or Rob take those slots? Also if POI moves to 10pm then where does The Mentalist go?

  • eridapo


    Missing 1.3/1.4
    AI 3.7/4/6

    Greys 2.9/2.9
    Touch 2.5/2/1

    Scandal 2.2/2.0
    Awake .9/.8

  • jens2488

    Well the CBS test went quite well. TBBT repeats did well and 2BG did pretty good too. A 2.1 is very good for a repeat, other networks would renew shows that get this ratings with new episodes and on NBC it would be a hit. Considered that this is not 2BGs regular spot, it did well. PoI repeat also did very well. I think a 2 hour comedy block will happen.

  • bsp

    Love me some BBT. Catching up w/all of them on TBS.

    I’m glad PoI was a repeat, because I didn’t get the memo about CBS moving it last night.

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