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.

  • Lexie

    Scandal is toast for getting these numbers against a repeat of The Mentalist. It has yet to air against an original episode of The Mentalist. If it’s pulling such low numbers against a repeat for competition watch the ratings tumble when it goes up against an original episode. The network is aware of this. Scandal is toast!

  • Tony

    Why does everybody think Scandal is toast? It’s a great show that just keeps getting better each episode. and 3 straight weeks at a 2.0 during spring where every show that hit season/series lows. Why would ABC can this? The stability shows that word of mouth is helping this show and that it has great potential to grow given a fall launch. No one ABC cancels this.

    Missing on the other hand won’t be back, maybe for the summer like originally planned, but not for the regular broadcast season. But ABC can’t be mad about the show. It seems to have leveled off at a 1.4 with still over 7 million viewers in a tough competitive time slot. It did what it was supposed to do.

  • gem

    I personally believe that Scandal in on the wrong network and it would strive better on another network such as TNT. After three episodes ppl are already saying “cancelled” I have been away far too long from tv to understand these ratings therefore I cant understand how other shows survive on other networks with such horrible ratings…so freaking unbelievable. I also have a belief that its on the wrong day…it should be on Sunday nights 10pm where I have something to watch bc I usually switch off the tv.

  • rob60990

    “It has yet to air against an original episode of The Mentalist

    It did in its premiere.

  • gem

    Shonda I know you are dedicated to ABC but I feel it necessary to say if they wish to can your excellent show I suggest you shop it to another network. IMHO your show is absolutely and positively amazing compared to most of the stupidly written dramas that my brain has been subjected to over the years excluding Southland. I’m 36 and if a drama doesn’t have a strong African American female presence then its not made for my beautiful dark brown eyes to even entertain!

  • Ken

    NBC has a very sad looking line-up.

    Also, it looks like Scandal and GCB are in race to escape the bear, cause i doubt ABC will renew both “less than-moderately” rated shows.

  • SMG4E

    If you think about it, The Secret Circle is doing the worst on The CW. Sure, Hart of Dixie, Ringer, and Nikita get those same ratings. But, Hart of Dixie has Gossip Girl as a lead-in, Ringer had 90210 repeats most of the time for its lead-in, and Nikita is on a Friday (which really isn’t much of an excuse). The Secret Circle has the best possible lead-in on the network and its getting the same low ratings? It deserves cancellation over anything else.

  • Rebecca

    @Sports Preemption
    Grimm should be available on both of those sites tomorrow morning for online viewing.

  • hardline_pro

    Awake is really doing good! Not really. :( Shame, for such a wonderfully written show. If it was picked up by FOX or CBS it probably would have lasted.

  • Dan

    Nikita season 3 here we come :)

  • Prue Stevens

    What?! 1.0 for TVD?!! wow((

  • Jenny

    I’m convinced now more then ever that Secret Circle is not long for this world. If it’s getting these numbers with the network’s strongest lead-in it would probably be below Ringer without the help of TVD.

  • Jenna

    If Nikita’s ratings are better than Secret Circle, HOA and Ringer this week, it will be back for sure for a season 3.

  • Dustin

    @JeffInChicago – I agree that Missing is a pretty good show (would be even better if it were on a premium cable channel like HBO), but it is NOT the best show on Thursdays. The BEST show on TV (network tv) is absolutely Person of Interest. It’s not even close. The action and the character interactions (b/n Caviezel and Emerson) are spectacular and the action is amazingly well filmed also!!! Honestly, in terms of best show on network tv, it’s not even close (IMHO) – PoI is by far the best show!

  • Rebbeca winstone

    Come on Missing stay up!!

  • SJ

    Why are people acting as if The Mentalist is some kind of death star? It and Private Practice have co-existed for almost three years in that time period. Besides which, TM won’t be doing much better than low 2s for the rest of the season, so it’s not much of a threat anyway.


    GCB is way too young skewing to air post-DWTS. It’s unlikely that it would do any better than Private Practice. But I agree that Castle should move.

  • Justun121

    If and when Scandal gets renewed over GCB I think it’s gonna be sooo unfair. They made sure Scandal got the stronger lead-in all-new for its entire run while GCB got the weaker lead-in that wasn’t even on all the time. They gave it a rerun lead-in and a miniseries lead-in.

    IMO, both should be renewed even with a 1.8 average. I’m a big-picture kind of person. Housewives, Practice and Grey’s are all nearing their end. The new army of ABC dramas should consist of: Once Upon A Time, Revenge, GCB, Scanda, Castle, perhaps even Body of Proof since it started doing decent behind DWTSR. Castile and BoP are procedurals so tehy have a longer shelf life and the ability to grow.

    They need to find more hits, though. Aside from OUAT, none of these are even close to Grey’s and Housewives 2011-2012 ratings.

  • Dennis

    Fringe was simply amazing last night, but I predict another 0.9

  • disney rocks

    CW just needs to not air May and avoid regular repeats. End seasons in April. Simple.

    I can’t continue to think that the loss of housewives will be really hard on ABC. I can see them going into an NBC situation. Modern Family (Friends), The Middle (Frasier) ending at about the same time, not being able to find a big hit after Grey’s (E.R), Housewives (Law and Order:SVU, Heroes, Law and Order), not finding a big hit after Modern Family (Friends) ends, big reality show DWTS, The Bachelor (CA- sort of, Fear Factor- old version- revived one not didn’t do too bad- still no hit, Deal or no Deal, TBL-sort of) continue to decline and not do good anymore.

  • disney rocks

    The Middle (Frasier, The Office)

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