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-

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

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  • Jenn

    Maybe NBC should just switch the comedies to another night. They are getting killed by everything (original and repeat episodes). It is pathetic.

  • SoundableObject

    That repeat for 2BG matches the last repeat it had in its normal timeslot:

    Good evidence for CBS to move it in front of Big Bang.

    That figure for POI is the same as the last repeat in its normal timeslot:

  • Sid

    @John A

    PP gets that when Grey’s gets massive numbers between 3.4-3.8 and it barely pulls a 2.0

    Spin it how you want but PP’s retention is horrible.

  • tommy

    im glad for scandal!!! amazing show
    scandal up

  • DGH

    POI just gets better and better with each new episode. While I was interested in POI when it first aired I never would have thought it would become my 2nd favorite show behind The Walking Dead……sorry Fringe you blew it with your waste of a what could have been a great season without all the filler episodes which just wasted valuable storytelling time.

  • OMG

    There is something about Person of Interest which is so good. It is mostly a procedural, which I have always less favoured, but I found myself hooked, especially on the backstories, and the setting up of long story arcs. Great acting too.

  • dazzag

    missing is a really good show is there any chance it will get a second season

  • martie

    Community is having trouble putting together 2 decent episodes. Last week’s was amazing, this week was just a mess.

  • Red Jane

    POI is a beast, even on repeats!

  • Michael

    Overruns can be totally unfair when it comes to ratings for the following show.

  • JeffinChicago

    Apparently, I am the only viewer who no longer finds The Big Bang Theory fresh or particularly amusing. The novelty wore off a few years ago for me. Syndication has really juiced the ratings for this aging sitcom. At this rate, the nerdy man-boys could last into their nursing home days. Amazing how a rerun of Big Bang beat a first run Greys but I suppose Greys still has a big DVR audience. Missing just gets better and better each week but the ratings certainly don’t reflect it. Also enjoyed Scandal which is one of Shonda Rhimes better efforts since the early days of Greys.

  • Sammy01

    Touch will probably be adjusted down, it is doing no better than the finder in that spot.

  • amytta

    Scandal rocks!!!

  • MattM

    Enjoying all the Missing love in this week’s comments section.

  • MoHasanie


    But DVR doesn’t mean much.


    No, PP got a 2.1 out of a 3.0 from Grey’s. Scandal and PP, have so far had very similar retention out of a lower rated Grey’s.

  • TVDude

    I don’t get why NBC would try to continue The Office beyond the next season. It’s not rating very will now, without Jim, Dwight, and Andy, it’ll go even lower. Is that a series low?

    It’s funny how every single one of CBS’s shows (most of them repeats) beat every single new NBC show. Even if you include POI’s repeat, it did good. I think CBS should go for the Thursday block next season. It will probably be stronger than the Monday block.

    I think CBS will bring back both Rob and Rules and do some time slot sharing, launching two new comedies in the fall, and probably one new comedy in the spring. The layout of these shows will be the confusing part. They’ll probably put on new show on Monday and one new show on Thursday.

    ABC’s Thursday continues its very slow fall. Eventually Greg’s will get that final season order. Probably next season or the year after. It used to be huge. Still, it’s beating The Office.

  • Ultima

    Maybe NBC should just switch the comedies to another night. They are getting killed by everything (original and repeat episodes). It is pathetic.

    It is going to be brutal next season when Big Bang Theory is pulling 6s at 9:00 and The Office can’t crack a 2.0. NBC is ridiculously stubborn though, so I expect we will see three of the older sitcoms, a new one and a drama on Thursday, again, and it just won’t work.

  • One

    Well, it could be worse. Missing could be doing better than Threat Matrix…

  • Valerie

    @ Sid but PP never pulled just 2.0 this season. It was always at least 2.1 and that happened like five times out of seventeen episodes.

  • Scandal


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