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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  • Data

    @rob: Yes, I did know that.

    Good for Parks. I don’t think those Community numbers will affect its renewal chances.

  • pat

    Yay! A POI rerun beats new Touch in viewers.

  • senor chang

    That’s a low for Community, sure, but almost everything dropped by just as much or more than it did. Keep in mind the show was doing 1.4s at this point last season–they’re basically even with that and NBC is in much direr straits. It’ll likely bounce back to 1.5-1.7 in the fall.

    Otherwise, really awful night for everything that isn’t Grey’s or Scandal.

  • Michael

    Scandal is doing quite well!

  • K

    So…Hart of Dixie comes out as the winner of them all.

  • AFM_32

    Parks’ rating is so stable. It’s been moving around + on hiatus + changed lead-in and everything is the same :p

    I hope its rating would be better after the Office though.

  • Mel

    TVD’s numbers prove people watched this show for storylines, not couples. And this episode’s been promoted as a breaking point in Damon and Elena’s relationship and let’s face it, nothing more. Such a shame, because the first two seasons were so good..

  • SmG

    They better launch something good from TVD next season, because there will be nothing to launch from soon.

  • dazzag

    missing is a really good show and better get a 2nd season coz i have a feeling its going to finish on a mega cliffhanger and it gets better and better with each ep and shame about touch going down thats a great show aswell

  • DW

    hollywood reporter had a story on the CW ratings. apparently young people are cutting the cord and watching the shows online. even though the CW is a over the air network and not on cable. ah youth. :)

  • Leon

    Scandal is AMAZINGLY stable. Even if it bet’s adjusted down it’ll still be stable. Not a shock if you’ve seen the show, it’s really good

  • Kyle

    A 0.5 rating after TVD? That puts TSC on the bubble right @Bill?

    Missing and Awake are now 100% dead; Rules of Engagement seems to be heading right into the cancellation bear lol; and TSC is now the least watched show of the CW for the week as of today:

    GG: 1.06 m, 0.6 A18-49
    HOD: 1.37 M, 0.6 A18-49
    RINGER: 1.20 M, 0.5 A18-49 (lead-in was a repeat with a 0.4 rating)
    ANTM: 1.3 m, 0.6 A18-49

  • edward

    grey’s was the only scripted show with over 9 million viewers and over a 3.0 rating hell yeah season 9 is for sure doing better than any other ABC show!

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  • Harris

    @pat Total viewers is basically a meaningless statistic.

  • Michael

    Wait, TVD has never dropped below a 1.1, wouldn’t this make it a series low at 1.0?

  • RyanCanada

    Wow, looks like Series Low for both VD and SC, both really great episodes tho. Im very happy Parks And Recs is back! missed that show… how do community’s odds look now? a 1.3?? thats around what Chelsea was getting no?

    i hope Whitney gets renewed!

  • Petar

    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.

    I agree! But i really start to like last thursday lineup were was testing TBBT-2BG-POI! I wrote about it in CBS page i will try ti find it!

  • One

    Come on, Vampire Diaries! You need to step up your game and beat Missing, so ABC will pull that poorly-written, poorly-shot, poorly-edited piece of s__t from the schedule NOW! I want you DEAD, Missing! DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June

    Soon POI will be stronger than NCIS. :)
    The show premiered last Fall with a 3.1 and since then it has already made better numbers than that ,8 times !.And in one of the toughest spots on TV.
    It is really a good show and the lead man, Jim C, is such a great actor.CBS must be loving him right now.

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