Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Awake' & 'Missing' Adjusted Up; 'Scandal' & 'Parks and Recreation' Adjusted Down

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April 20th, 2012


American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, Awake and Missing repeat each were adjusted up a tenth while Scandal and Parks and Recreation were adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Thursday's preliminary numbers. 

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, April 19, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 4.0 13 14.990
CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.5 9 9.290
ABC Missing 1.4 4 7.230
NBC Community 1.3 5 2.770
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0 3 2.210
8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.2 7 7.570
NBC 30 Rock 1.5 5 3.060
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.3 9 9.820
NBC The Office 2.2 6 4.350
FOX Touch 2.1 6 7.320
CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.5 4 8.810
CW The Secret Circle 0.5 1 1.140
9:30PM NBC Parks and Recreation 1.7 5 3.460
10:00PM ABC Scandal 2.0 6 7.210
CBS The Mentalist -R 1.5 4 8.240
NBC Awake 0.9 2 2.800

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

  • SteveS

    Yay for Grey’s!!!

    I wish both Community & 30 Rock would get better ratings, but I suspect more people watch them online or On Demand than live.

  • Leon

    Scandal is very steady but i wonder y it can’t get over a 2.0

  • Sports Preemption

    Wooo Awake.
    Awww Scandal and Parks.

    And AI made it back to a 4. Gettin closer to the end of the season and sweeps, so I don’t know if its gonna dip under that again.

  • kaslad

    Bad for TVD, series low.
    This is a proof that NOBODY CARES about couples. Almost all episode was about Damon and Elena and who cares? We want good storyline as it was in the first two season, and this, what we have in third season is just awful. It was a good show in the first two seasons, but now it is like bad soap opera.

  • were123

    Scandal is incredibly steady! Three weeks with the exact same rating! And one that, if stays, might get it renewed! I think I’ve never seen something like this… well GCB is kind of the same thing, but with it’s constant up and down you never know (I’m not counting this week’s episode, as Titanic sunk GCB’s rating)

  • tommy

    the secret circle deserve cancellation!!!!!!!!!!

    Go missing the total viewers is not ignored

  • DW

    i really wonder if young people know that network shows are free and over the air? i remember reading a year or two ago that the most torrent show was chuck and i thought its over the air? all you have to do is turn on the television. i know everything’s digital but there are digital televisions and 50$ for a converter box.

  • Bee

    DAMNIT SCANDAL! i would like to finally break the 2.0 barrier! lol this is yet another rise to 2.1, followed by a tick down to 2.0. but whatever. 2.0 is still 3 weeks of on-the-dot being even and beat the other ABC 10PM bubble dramas PP, BOP, and GCB for the 3rd week in a row.

    on another note, YAHOOOOO GREY’S!!!!! finally heading back into normal numbers. i hope they keep rising as the season comes to a close.

    and HOLY CRAP at spring ratings. i mean, wow. poor CW. i hope TVD can go back up!

  • Wright

    TVD and TSC were great last night. I can’t believe they didn’t get adjusted up….by a lot!!!

  • John

    NO P&R!!!!

  • rob60990

    “Scandal is getting Body of Proof numbers on a thursday? It’s canned!”

    The difference is Scandal is still in its 1st season. I fully expect ABC to give the show a 2nd season and a chance to improve. BOP was settling at low 2s and ABC gave it a 2nd season to try and help it gain an audience but it failed.

    “Wý did Greý’s end at 10:01″

    ABC does this with all their “big” shows. DWTS and Desperate Housewives also run until 10:01, Modern Family ends at 9:31. When Private Practice was airing there, Grey’s would run until 10:02. My guess is its extra commercials.

  • gary

    congratulations Scandal so steady, get renewed

    Go second season Scandal!!!

  • Paul

    Grey’s Anatomy UP! So AMAZING! Next Weeek Grey’s Anatomy will have more audience than Person Of Interest!

  • SJ

    GCB: 2.2, 2.3, 2.0, 2.1, 1.9, 1.9 (I’m not counting the 9pm episode or the one following Titanic for obvious reasons)
    Lead-in: 2.6 x5, 1.7

    Scandal: 2.0, 2.0, 2.0
    Lead-in: 2.8, 2.9, 3.3

    Season averages: GCB – 2.1, Scandal – 2.0

    GCB is still in the lead, although I doubt it’s an either-or situation. I think ABC will renew both to see if they do better in the fall.

    If Private Practice keeps falling, it and Body of Proof will be in a weird situation: one was doing fine for almost the whole season and then slipped into the danger zone while the other played dead for much of the season only to pick up near the end. Me, I’d still choose PP in this situation (although I don’t think it’s an either-or situation here either), but as we’ve seen time and time again, television is more of a “what have you done for me lately” kind of business.

    I was unavailable to comment yesterday, but I’m so glad that both Suburgatory and Revenge were steady given the circumstances. I wonder when ABC is finally going to mass renew most of its shows a la CBS. Everything has already premiered, what else could they possibly be waiting for?

    I’m so glad, albeit slightly surprised, that 30 Rock rose while the other shows on the night were at lows. They had an amazing episode last night that really set up some exciting storylines for the final episodes as well as next season. The live episode airs next week, I wonder if they can get over a 2.0.

  • Lizam

    this is what I would like to see ABC do with there dramas:

    Monday: 10- Penoza (time to try a new show after DWTS!!)

    Tuesday: 10- Last Resort (hopefully this show can be used to anchor Tuesdays for ABC seems to be struggling with scheduling that day)

    Wednesday: 10- Revenge (strong 10 drama for ABC, keep it where it is)

    Thursday: 8-Americana
    9- Grey’s Anatomy
    10- Scandal
    (8pm is a competitive hour for the networks, put something cheaper there that does not cross-over fandom wise with BBT (NBC made a huge mistake putting Community against BBT even though community is the better show), also Scandal is steady and I think it can grow private practice can share the 10pm time-slot if need be)

    Sunday: 8- Once Upon A Time
    9- 666 Park Ave
    (666 Park Ave is no brainer as far as a show to put with OUAT. Castle I think would do well on Sunday.)

    Gilded Lily’s- not sure were it would on the schedule though
    Gotham – they back-up plan if 666 Park Ave fails
    Zero Hour – another back-up series if enough shows do well though either run this as a mini-series or possible hold for Summer
    Private Practice- can fit in if any new soaps fail
    Nashville-if ABC put this show on at 10pm on Monday though I will laugh so hard!

  • halloween

    cw has great online and dvr viewings…live tv is for fools..embrace the future

  • Alejandro

    Good on Ringer for not being the lowest airing show of this week!

    (And before I’m attacked I know this won’t mean its suddenly less likely to be cancelled. I just like to enjoy the little things before I hear the cancellation officially :( )

  • Michael

    Complete insanity will occur if Nikita beats Secret Circle this week!

  • Bridget Kelly

    Ringer is winning the e! Save one show so idk about that plus it just won guilty pleasure on tv guide so riger might have a chance. Not a big one but a chance

  • AsTheWorld

    Um Rob60990
    Scandal had its second episode on a thursday and its crashing bad, Its gonna get cancelled, so is Body of Proof and BOP did way better than that when it premiered, the numbers speak for themselves.

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