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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  • Sports Preemption

    @ Petar

    I know you love POI and want the best for it, but TBBT has become CBS’ best rated comedy, and they’re totally going to use that spot to try and launch a new comedy behind it. It’s what networks do. I highly doubt they’d use TBG, which has shown it can stand decently well on its own, as a bridge between TBBT and POI. I feel as if it might get an 8pm slot if it’s moved to Thursday, but I think it’s more likely that it stays on Monday and is moved to the 9pm slot after TAAHM is gone. It really all depends on if they really go with that extra comedy hour though. I figure if they do they might do something like this:
    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.

  • Just Saying @Petar

    OMG, no not from Syria (that should be capital letters my the way), but shows how immature you are. Yes you are expressing your opinion, but your opinion rules by your post.

  • Melanie

    Good for Grey’s and Scandal, but Missing keeps dropping, not good.

  • Jeremy

    People are saying that TVD is losing “quality”.. It’s the same show it’s always been, even better though! It’s continuously shocking and fun! And I don’t understand why people hate TSC. It was slow at the beginning of the season, but these past episodes this year have been so good, and equally as shocking as TVD’s “reveals”. I pray that TSC gets renewed for a 2nd season. It deserves that. Especially over 90210, Gossip Girl, and Hart of Dixie. Hart of Dixie sucksssssssssss.

  • Debra.


  • susan


  • Mae

    @ Richard Steven Hack

    I knew who wrote that article before I even clicked on it. Laura Prudom is a huge Nikita (and Supernatural) fangirl who just also happens to have a job as a reviewer. She has been for awhile.

    I follow her on Twitter and I just can’t take her seriously as a true critic – she seems too invested.

  • Syndication?

    If Community has already been picked up for syndication, why is there incentive to give them a 4th season? Do the added episodes value offset the cost?

  • Richard

    sad awake is so good. th only show on right NOW that bats it is breaking bad

  • Rob R

    The slow collapse of “The Office” is bringing all of NBC Thursday down with it. It kept the whole night afloat for years, but the show is hit-and-miss without Steve Carell.

  • Reward

    @Sid: The Tues@ 9p slot is one of the easiest slots on CW.

    What? Are u serious? Tuesday is one of the HARDEST slot on CW. In this slot there’s DWS, The Voice and New Girl. Is that easy? I don’t think so. Tuesday and Thursday are very difficult day!

  • Brandon

    I’m guessing Mentalist to Friday next season is all but a done deal at this point?

  • Jake

    Once again! almost all shows dropping! i wonder if networks are going to go crazy canceling shows or giving shows second chances.

  • Mike

    It’s a shame the office does better than Parks, the office last night was one of te worst episodes.Meanwhile Parks is one of the best comedies out there, it deserves more, if it gets cancelled I will be devastated.

  • tvfreak

    @Brandon: Good God, I hope not. The last thing CBS needs is to slow-kill The Mentalist on Fridays. Unforgettable would be better off moving there, not TM. I still say PoI and TM should stay where they are.

  • tvfreak

    Holy mud, the precious 400 mark has been reached at last! The Countdown to 500 starts now!

    In other news, I am finally about to start experiencing the much-hyped creation that is Supernatural for the first time. Wish me luck! :)

  • Sean

    I am STUNNED that NBC hasn’t been able to grow its audience for its excellent comedy block that seemingly hasn’t had the same 4 in the same slots two weeks in a row.

    And really, GREAT job by NBC to schedule the Live 30 Rock against the NFL Draft. Way to know your audience…next week’s ratings for NBC are going to be BRUTAL.

  • Brandon

    @tvfreak – I don’t want it there either, but the fact that they ran a test a few weeks ago, putting a new episode of Mentalist on Friday makes me think they might do it. It tested pretty well, too, for a Friday show. 2.0 in the demo for 10 PM…which for Friday was enough to beat almost literally everything else.

  • SherLOCKED (The Mighty Cringe)

    last night’s Community was CLASSIC!

    You will NEVER see anything like it on Tv!

  • suzzie

    I kind of happy SC got such a low rating as it means more chance of renewal for HOD.

    SC has the best lead in on the cw and it cant beat a show with the worst.


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