TV Ratings Thursday: 'American Idol,' 'Community,' 'Office,' 'Touch,' 'Awake,' 'Missing,' 'Rules,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Secret Circle' Hit Lows

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April 20th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/9 2.2/6 1.8/5 1.6/5 1.4/4 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.6/5 1.0/3 1.6/5 1.5/5 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.966 8.027 8.444 3.832 3.232 1.646

FOX topped the night's adults 18-49 rating, even as American Idol's 3.9 adults 18-49 rating matched its series low for a results show, down 9% vs. last week's 4.3 rating. At 9pm, Touch kept falling, down 9% to a series/season low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 2.3  rating.

CBS's was all repeats save for a new Rules of Engagement episode that (without a new BBT lead in) matched its series low 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 19% with last week's 2.7 rating.

ABC's Missing was down a tick to a season/series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's season/series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy was up 10% to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating and Scandal was up a tenth to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, from last week's a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Community dropped to a series low matching a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. 30 Rock was up a tick, to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 1.4. The Office was was even with last week's series low 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  The return of Parks and Recreation it a new 9:30 timeslot was even with the 1.8 adults 18-49 rating in its last original episode earlier in the night in early March.  Awake fell to a new series/season low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 0.9 18-49 rating.

The CW returned from repeats this week, The Vampire Diaries earned a series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating vs. a 1.2 rating in its last original episode three weeks ago, and The Secret Circle was also at a new season/series low 0.5 adults 18-49 rating from a 0.6 rating in its last original episode, also three weeks ago.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 19, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 3.9 13 14,586
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.5 9 9,250
ABC Missing 1.3 4 7,079
NBC Community 1.3 5 2,909
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0 3 2,179
8:30PM CBS Rules Of Engagement 2.2 7 7,730
NBC 30 Rock 1.5 5 3,155
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.2 9 9,651
NBC The Office 2.2 6 4,314
FOX Touch 2.1 6 7,345
CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.5 4 8,664
CW The Secret Circle 0.5 1 1,112
9:30PM NBC Parks & Recreation 1.8 5 3,534
10:00PM ABC Scandal 2.1 6 7,351
CBS The Mentalist -R 1.5 4 8,177
NBC Awake 0.8 2 2,741

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

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3.6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market household with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • jt

    i forgot whitney season ended lol

  • Ian

    Grey’s back in the 3s. All is right with the world :).

    Can’t quite believe Secret Circle is below Hart of Dixie this week – although I don’t watch the former and enjoy the latter so this doesn’t concern me.

  • Nghi

    Ratings are low across the board tho

  • NewEnglandMike

    I’m still watching Awake but I don’t know why exactly. It’s a good show but — with these ratings — it’s doomed. At least, there’s no drama about “will it get cancelled?” or “will it be saved?” There’s absolutely no drama. The only show I care about that probably won’t survive for another season is Fringe…but, at least, there’s some hope for a 13-episode final season.

  • rob60990

    So Hart of Dixie topped the Secret Circle and tied Ringer this week with a nice lead-in. Interesting.

    Community continues dropping. :D

    At least Grey’s is recovering a little but last night’s episode while good felt like they could possibly write out a bunch of characters. If Scandal can hold above a 2.0 when The Mentalist returns, it will surely get a 2nd season.

  • SoundableObject

    30 Rock up!

    Currently watching Community for the first time. The pilot is great. I’ll keep on watching. Hope it gets renewed.

  • Adrian

    TSC welcome to the 0.5 club. If you survive it will be only because CW can’t afford to cancel half their shows.

    Bad for VD. I thought it was going to be much higher.

  • Kavyn

    I’m grinning ear to ear at the Secret Circle’s ratings. People are finally realizing how terrible it is :)

  • enes

    If Ringer is going to be axed , The cw will die with it too

  • Petar

    touch with worse ratings than the finder in this slot….come om FOX what a mess you create!

  • edward

    Grey’s was really good last night and getting better!

  • Leonard

    Grey’s Anatomy doing an excelente job one more time…

    Scandal with a series high.

  • Kavyn

    Also, Community last night was good, but it was purely an episode for the die-hard Community fans. I wouldn’t be surprised if those that occasionally watch the show got confused. It was a good episode but the low ratings are understandable.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “so Bill you were saying no chance of hart of dixie getting renewed over TSS?”

    TSC chances may have to be re-evaluated down. HOD chances unlikely to be re-evaluated up.

  • Terry

    Missing has turned out to be a better show than I first thought. ABC hasn’t had a show survive in that timeslot since Ugly Betty, so I hope they give Missing a reprieve and renew it for next year, and maybe move it to Tuesdays at 9.

    I also enjoyed watching Scandal last night, but if it was a toss up between it and GBC, I rather ABC renew GBC.

  • Luke

    Vampire Diaries, noooooooo!

    Parks and rec always pulls a solid, 1.7-2.0…very stable show :)

  • Harris

    A 0.5 with a 1.0 lead-in for a show that’s thematically very similar? Time to axe TSC. Nikita for life!

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  • Emma

    WTF TVD ?! :(

  • Luck_21

    Petar said: “PoI rerun in 9 is 1.5 while POI rerun in 10 was 1.8!”

    True but the 10 o’clock rerun only had Scandal and Awake as competition, the 9 o’clock rerun had Grey’s, Touch and The Office.

    That said, the 10 o’clock PoI rerun last week got a 1.8 against those shows, and the 10 o’clock rerun of the Mentalist this week got an 1.5 against those same shows. Hm.

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