TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Bang Theory' Edges 'Idol' but still sees Season Low, 'Touch', 'Person of Interest', 'Mentalist' 'Office', 'Missing', 'Awake', 'Parks & Rec' Also See New Lows

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April 27th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.9/8 2.6/7 2.2/6 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.0/4 1.7/5 1.5/5 1.4/5 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.464 11.595 7.716 3.730 3.097 1.711


FOX won the night with the 18-49 crowd but lost out to CBS for total viewers.

American Idol earned a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating, which was down from last week's 4.0.  Touch fell to a  new season/series low with a 1.9, down two-tenths from last week's  2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS' The Big Bang Theory returned from two weeks of repeats this week and was the #1 show of the night, but only earning a 4.0, down four-tenths from the 4.4 its last original earned and a new season low.  Rules of Engagement drew a 2.5, three-tenths up from last week's series low 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Person of Interest and The Mentalist also returned from repeats this week, and earned a 2.4 and a 2.1, both down from the 3.0 and 2.4 their last originals earned and new series lows.

ABC's Missing was down again to a new series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week's season/series low-matching 1.4. Grey's Anatomy was down a tenth to a 3.2 compared to last week's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, but Scandal was up a tenth to a 2.1 18-49 rating, after last week's a 2.0 rating.

On NBC, Community was up a tenth to a 1.4 from with last week's series low matching a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. 30 Rock aired a live special and was up a tenth to a 1.6  adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 1.5. The Office was down again to a new series low 2.1 after last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Parks and Recreation was down a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and is another series low.  Awake drew a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 0.9 18-49 rating and is a series low.

The Vampire Diaries was even with last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49, and The Secret Circle was also flat compared to last week's season/series low 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 26, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.0 13 12.520
FOX American Idol 3.9 12 14.449
NBC Community 1.4 4 3.288
ABC Missing 1.3 4 6.898
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0 3 2.232
8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.5 7 8.349
NBC 30 Rock 1.6 5 3.548
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.2 8 9.270
CBS Person Of Interest 2.4 6 12.497
NBC The Office 2.1 6 4.148
FOX Touch 1.9 5 6.479
CW The Secret Circle 0.5 1 1.190
9:30PM NBC Parks and Recreation 1.6 4 3.211
10:00PM ABC Scandal 2.1 6 6.981
CBS The Mentalist 2.1 6 11.853
NBC Awake 0.8 2 2.194

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Via NBC press notes:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Lane

    It’s funny how Terra Nova was cancelled and it’s series low was a 2.1. And Alcatraz, Touch, and Fringe aren’t cancelled and one it renewed. And they’re series lows are 1.5(?), 1.9, and .9 LMAO The only smart thing FOX has done this season is moving Bones on Monday

  • Lane

    I think The Finder did better behind Idol than Touch is doin.

  • P&B


    Total viewers don’t matter when it comes to ratings, those who pay to advertise on tv shows care only about the C3 ratings which are the commercials watched up to three days after viewing. POI may average a 14m viewers but it doesn’t matter. You may think ‘ It’s so stupid, networks should worry more about the actual number of viewers not what age the people are. ‘ but as long as advertizers care only about the age of the viewers then Networks will only care about the age of the viewers and not how many of them watch, because the Networks clients are NOT the viewers but the advertisers.

  • Jamie

    I think Terra Nova cost more than those shows.

  • Jay Raskin

    Apparently, American Idol’s 3.9 rating tied its lowest 18-49 rating in its history. Three weeks ago, April 5th, was the only other time that its rating was 3.9.

    On July 10, 2002, on its 9th show, the rating for 18-49 was 3.95.

  • Brad


    Is NBC stil really trying to make Parks happen? Seriousy?

    Are u serious? Parks is the most critically acclaimed comedy on television. It’s a brilliant show that if it were on a different network would be in the top ten. There’s something to be said for putting out quality programming. It’s rare but can happen.

  • Lane


    I agree I think Parks is the BEST comedy on this season

  • Californiadgd

    Touch is nto for that spot!

  • Jj

    Why waste time and ink showing total viewers if it does not matter. I think I have asked this
    before but never had time to check for an answer.

  • Wagner

    CW hitting rocking bottom, the most watched show have 1.0 in ratings.

  • MarcJames87

    I wonder if Nikita and SPN will be stable tonight?

  • Ollive

    Are any of Fox’s new dramas going to make it to next season – it is looking like 0 from 4. And it highest rated drama this week will be the soon departing House (I dont count Glee as a drama).

  • suzie

    My predictions for Nikita is 0.4 and for Supernatural 0.7. :)

  • suzie

    What about Grimms ratings, I hope they are good.

  • Brian J


    “Is NBC stil really trying to make Parks happen? Seriousy?”

    I guess so? (I’m Ron Burgundy?)

    It’s not after “The Voice,” and as far as I can tell, it doesn’t receive an abnormal amount of promotion. But it should, since it’s a wonderful comedy that still has a long ways to go before being tired. It’s one of the few shows that deserves to stay on Thursdays, unless NBC decides to refocus the night. I’d rather it taken off the night and paired with a new show, however, with stronger lead-ins all around.

    And what does the Superbowl have to do with anything?

  • Rebecca

    @Brad & @Lane
    Agreed. I think P&R was the best comedy last season also, on network TV. Brilliant show. Just watched last night’s Community spoof of Law & Order, too, which was awesome.

    @Justin121 – have you given P&R a chance? Last season was especially good, the third season.

    If they need to move the NBC Thursday comedies around in the schedule next season, I’ll understand but I hope I can still watch them live (or the same night they air anyway). Keep 30R, Community and P&R….I don’t care where The Office goes but I’ll still watch it, too. Probably online if there are on-air conflicts.

  • DGH

    The only reason I knew POI was new last night was when I seen it was on my dvr this morning. Its hard to believe people still watch tv shows with commercials when there is a great little device that bypasses all commercials.

  • rob60990

    Parks and Rec aired after a stronger Office from Jan-May last year. The show never built its own strong audience. It and Community will only get 1 more season for syndication.

  • PW

    TVD episode was one of the best ever.

    o and WOO HOO for FRINGE!!!!!

  • Sabrina

    Nikita will likely take a hit because the episode already aired in Canada last night.

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