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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  • One

    (plus, this beard itches…) ;)

  • Bunny

    I think Community gave up trying to attract new viewers..that ep was just too weird and polarizing.. Dan Harmon and the writers are too far up their *** to notice how bad the show is now..

  • Sid

    Crap! I wonder what this means for NIKITA and SPN tomorrow? CW promoted the return of both Friday shows all night last night.

    “Ringer has a bad slot”

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

  • Ben Thompson

    Those Vampire Diaries numbers are just horrible. The CW is such a mess. Also, I wouldn’t be shocked if HOD gets the renewal over TSC.

  • Kavyn

    Bill, do you think Nikita still has any chance of sticking around next season? Even if it’s a 13-episode order?

  • rob60990

    Hey, did you guys know I’m a tool?

  • Californiadgd

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

    TBBT is so pwerfull, but this is no suprise.

    Good for Grey. :P

    POI was better at 10? :D

  • Rachel

    TSC failure brings joy to my life.

  • SmG

    Vampire Diaries coming near 2 million viewers :(

    TSC is about to hit the one million mark. I think it is in danger of cancellation as well now.

  • John A

    LMAO at CW its getting ridiculous now the amount of viewers the are losing.

  • MoHasanie

    Greys was up a lot. I guess shows are returning to there previous ratings.
    Scandal was only up a tenth, despite an improved lead in.

    Wow, Idol below 4.
    Touch is going to get cancelled with those ratings with an Idol lead in.

    CBS was right to cancel ROE. Its too lead in dependent and it wastes the BBT lead in.

  • Petar

    The CW will die either way so no big difference my friend! They already start to cuts bidgets and start with ANTM budget cuts wich i think still is 0.6 and is cheap reality! The info is in Deadline!

  • KS

    TVD would be adjusted up. And, TSC fans should hope that, it wouldn’t be adjusted down. All CW original ratings from Monday to Friday were up by a tenth. To my surprise, TVD and TSC horribly dropped.

    All I hope is Supernatural would get a 0.7/0.8 tomorrow.

  • Michael

    Yikes at Vampire Diaries woeful numbers. Triple yikes at Secret Circle!

  • Rachel

    And TVD has has gone down drastically in quality. It’s no wonder it’s slipping.

  • One @ Sid

    And yet Life Unexpected, Hellcats and now Ringer have all died in that slot over the last two years. What does that tell you?…

  • Kavyn

    @Rachel you and me both sister. It started at a 1.3 and is now a 0.5. Nikita didn’t drop that much in its first season. TSC’s fate next season is sealed if it’s first year ratings end up at a 0.5-0.6 :D

  • Jamie


    Tuesday 9/8c has always been deemed a “death” slot for The CW. Only established shows have been able to survive there.

  • SteveO

    I don’t watch Scandal, but for some reason I’m glad it’s doing well this spring (for a mid-season show it’s good). Maybe I’ll watch that over the summer if it’s renewed.

  • moli

    Was hoping Parks would benefit from the post-Office slot, but relieved it was even with its last new episode, especially when so many shows saw lows last night. Not a good night for NBC or network TV, in general.

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