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.

  • AC75

    I want Scandal off the air. There’s something about that show, and the lead actress, that just gets on my nerves. So keep dipping!

    Sucks for Parks & Rec., but what’s going on with The Vampire Diaries & The Secret Circle? TSC lost half it’s lead-in! That’s not good. Especially when the head in is just 1.0. Really hope Supernatural doesn’t suffer the same lows tonight.

    Oh, and GO AWAY Big Bang Theory!

  • Sid


    I’d be shocked if NIKITA doesn’t at least match TSC tonight with there being no competition besides The Finder.

  • A

    VD and SC will def. go up next week cause they both had their BEST episodes last night and word will spread around. Especially SC is getting really good after last night’s cliffhanger.

  • Kate

    Worst TVD episode of the season, it felt like filler and with only a couple episodes left they don’t really have room for that. It will probably bounce back next week. TSC was actually the better of the two storyline wise last night.

  • Michael

    Sid, predictions for LA Complex? The advertisement is at an all time high!

  • forg @SJ

    “what else could they possibly be waiting for?

    My guess is that they are waiting for Grey’s Anatomy to finish negotiating with their cast. I think ABC don’t want to renew a bunch of shows yet without their key drama on board.


    Three straight weeks at 2.0 for Scandal, it still has 4 weeks to improve to make a case for renewal. For now, it’s on life support

    Ouch at Touch. Can’t believe how Fox is struggling with their dramas this year! They will still likely win the overall season ratings but CBS could snatch it up

    Poor NBC and CW

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Scandal is still steady, it’s doing great, ABC will renew it!!

  • Sid

    “Sid, predictions for LA Complex? The advertisement is at an all time high!”

    0.8 A18-49
    1.7 total viewers

  • DRR


    You are so right and last nite’s episode deserved that low 1.0 rating. Delena would be ok if there was a strong plot in place driving the story. The powers that be at the CW better wake up & fast. S3 is really killing what WAS a good show.

  • Sid


    Nothing against the show, I like it a lot; I’ve seen all 6 episodes.

    But I don’t know if CW’s audience will like it.

  • JeffinChicago

    …and Community lost another 139,000 viewers. Ouch!!! Still not even acceptable for Missing but glad it adjusted up anyway since it is The Best show on Thursdays!!!

  • Nick

    Looks like Missing has finally stopped falling :-).
    (unlike Awake ha ha)

  • James Klatt

    So much for Must See TV on NBC.

  • MoHasanie

    Wow, very good for Grey’s, but it hardly had any competition. I mean, last year, The Office was real competition, but not anymore, and Touch will get cancelled anyway. Even POI and Greys don’t really affect each other when they air against each other.

    If I were ABC, I’d renew GCB over Scandal, mainly because I’d rather watch GCB than Scandal. But also, GCB can perform better on its own, practically getting the same ratings as Scandal. Scandal can only get a 2.0 from ABC’s second best lead in.

  • Petar

    @Sports Preemption who said:
    Monday: HIMYM, 2BG, TAAHM, New Comedy
    Thursday: M&M, ROE, TBBT, New Comedy
    Your best hope is that that new Thursday comedy before POI is a hit.

    Well if that is the case and you are right than hope for Conan show – super fun night with nerd girls(will pair well with TBB) or martin lawrence show! But why than CBS was testing this all star line-up TBBT-2BG-POI? Because you know that thursday is the most important day with all big studios spend a lot of money! And why they try sitcoms in friday! Come on how many weeks to upfronts 3 i think!

  • Petar


    I agree! I go with GCB too! And PP! Axe scandal and other one!

    They can try touch in friday(if is not too expensive) with alkatraz! If not fox will be without scripted shows in fridays!

  • rob60990

    “Scandal had its second episode on a thursday and its crashing bad, Its gonna get cancelled”

    This was the 3rd episode, how is holding the same rating for 3 episodes crashing? With these ratings it won’t get cancelled this season. The real test now is how will it hold up against a new Mentalist next week.

    As for GCB vs. Scandal, I think GCB has a lot more potential than Scandal but it needs to be retooled and moved for it to have any chance at success. Once DH goes, ABC should put a sci-fi type show after Once Upon a Time and GCB just won’t fit in with the night. GCB would probably do better after Grey’s than Scandal.

  • peter198

    Get rid of Community and put Biggest Loser there next season. PROBLEM SOLVED!

  • Sports Preemption

    Oh man, this is why I love the comments. Subjectivity FTW.

    One comment: VD and SC will def. go up next week cause they both had their BEST episodes last night
    Very next comment: Worst TVD episode of the season, it felt like filler

  • Marcos

    GCB did better than Scandal. CGB had a lower lead-in

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