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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  • Michael

    Suzzie, lets not get carried away. Secret Circle may have hit a series low (0.5) last night, but HOD has hit a 0.5 more than once.

  • suzzie


    TSC is not allowed to hit the same lows as other shows with its lead in.

  • Allen


    I don’t get how NBC hasn’t grown an audience. Mind boggling.

  • zilla-rilla

    Dear CW
    – Renew: 90210, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries
    – Final Season: Gossip Girl
    – On the Fence: Hart of Dixie
    – Cancel: Ringer, Secret Circle, Nikita, ANTM

  • debra

    I don,t understand why so many of you dislike The Mentalist so much. Simon Baker
    is really good looking. I love his smile and I love the why he looks at someone.
    it’s as though he can read there mind.
    If you dislike the show that much then don’t watch it. But don’t wish it to go
    on friday or sunday. You might as well kill the show.


  • suzzie

    I think the CW will

    GG -shortened finale season
    the supernatural

    and CANCEL

    I want them to renew in this order

  • Brandon


    Um…I never said I didn’t like The Mentalist. I do like the Mentalist. I was speculating that CBS might be moving it to Friday.

  • Christy

    I really like The Mentalist and I blame the low ratings on CBS for not telling
    the people what the show was to be about.

  • Brandon




    Calm down. CBS was pretty much all reruns. Those ratings are normal for repeats.

  • Brandon

    It had low ratings because it was a *repeat*. This is *normal*.

    Good grief people.

  • Beckham

    It was a pretty low night for most shows. Can’t wait for POI next week!! I just trudged through 21 pages of comments and there are a few fans of that show out there. Oh an I didn’t know CBS was considering a Friday comedy block. Tough decision…

  • Beckham

    @ tvfreak

    I agree that POI and TM should stay where it’s at. It’s my first preference

  • Matt

    “Touch is awesome show, Fox must try it on better timeslot…”

    You mean, try it out on the slot that’s better than post-Idol?

  • Alison

    @debra, u see what others don’t see. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

  • tvfreak

    @Beckham: Thank you very much. :) I wish the networks would not attempt to expand sitcom hours. I’m not a big sitcom fan, except for The Middle, Modern Family, the Chuck Lorre trifecta, Raising Hope and 30 Rock. And Community, but I don’t watch that one regularly.

  • tscchope

    Ouch has now reached the level Terra Nova finshed its series at and still has may episodes to go to its season finale. It is falling just like all Fox’ freshman dramas. By comparison, Terra Nova’s performance is beginning to look darned good.

  • Julia

    Wow Vampire Diaries hit a new low. I can’t say I’m surprised though, this season has been pretty weak. My two cents, leave the shipper stuff to the teenagers, and get back to basics with the characters. You may get a lot of online response to the romantic stuff, but the casual audience is much larger, and is much more interested in storytelling, to shipping IMHO.

  • One eye

    Is it summer already?

  • Potato


    Added episodes are always a plus, but more importantly syndication on Comedy Central isn’t the same as “stripped syndication” which typically refers to running 5 nights a week on broadcast channels outside of primetime. Comedy Central bought the rights to air at least the first 3 seasons but the show has not yet reached the finish line.

  • Christy

    I wander if the reason the ratings are lower is because it stays lighter at night
    and people want to be outside doing things.

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