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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  • Kavyn

    @Sid Hopefully there aren’t many 420-enthusiast Nikita fans or else we might have to expect a 0.4 unfortunately. I still think Nikita will have more viewers than TSC did last night though.

  • Steven Leitner

    Everything’s hitting lows, what is going on this week?

  • salim

    hope tvd get adjusted down, the only thing in the cw thats worth keeping is 90210 very though its a flood of stool this season

  • Greg

    I love TVD, but I hope it keeps falling. Being the #1 show on the CW is a very bad thing quality-wise, the show will be dragged until it becomes bad and everybody just wishes it would be over already. Just look at what they did with Smallville and Supernatural.

    And poor Community. Thank God for syndication, though.

  • cbanks

    I like how people are thinking just because one episode of Secret Circle is low that its chances of renewal should be low. It performed better than the rest of the new shows all season. I highly doubt that 1 low episode would matter that much. Same thing for VD. I’m not too worried about one lower rating.

  • JeffinChicago

    Sad about Missing’s missing viewers. It is the best show on any network on Thursday evening at any time! I can’t recall a more action packed series on television with such great acting and post card locales. I will miss it for sure.

  • colt13

    Braden Holtby was the most exciting thing on tv last night-Bruins/Capitals.

  • rob60990

    I just feel really insecure about myself, so I root for the deaths of shows I really should not care about at all to make other people feel insecure about something? That’s totally normal, right? WHY DOESN’T ANYNODY LIKE ME?!?!

  • Max

    @June, I’m a long time NCIS fan and I totally agree with you. POI is now my favorite show of all time! Caviezel rocks!

  • Petar


    Yep and when the finder is with better ratings than touch and the finder haven’t avtor with 200 000$ per ep payment! But fox like kiefer sunderland and i think will try touch(if is not too expensive) and alkatraz in fridays and will failed!

  • zerg

    Community 1.3 The Office 2.2
    American Idol 3.9 Touch 2.1(almost tie The Finder)

    Grey’s Up..wow

  • Amy

    Man, VD was so great last night, it’s too bad it’s numbers were so low. I think I can officially say that both the ratings and the ratings system suck!

  • Potato

    @senor chang

    Oh, wow. That’s a huge relief.

  • rob60990

    And its totally normal to take someone else’s name and personally attack them?

  • Dillan

    What on earth happened to The CW?! It’s strongest night out of the week is not doing well at all.

    Ouch for TVD, but I’m not surprised tbh, this season has not been as great as the first two, it really needs to step up again next season.

    TSC?! Last night’s episode was probably one of the season’s best. I’m still very positive the show will be renewed.

  • salim

    abc will move scandal to dh slot and move back pp to its slot

  • Michael

    Cbanks, Secret Circle previous episode git a 0.6! It looks like the show is decreasing.

  • DW

    missing is still hanging at 7 mil in total viewers much higher than Charlie’s angles had.

  • DonnaT

    What the fudge happened to The CW last night? TVD was sort of meh – the show has to resolve the super extremely soap operish triangle soon – with a few good twists (including the return of “Rose”) and to me, last night’s TSC was better than the last horrible episode that aired before the recent hiatus. Now like other Nikita/SPN fans, I’m worried about how they will perform. Far more for SPN, of course, and fortunately “Bobby” seems to be a popular character based on other “Bobby-centered episode” ratings over the years.

  • Potato

    @Rob60990 impersonator:

    I love your work. Don’t ever stop doing what you’re doing.

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