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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  • EatMorePez

    The CW was pre-empted in Chicago by White Sox baseball. So possible adjustments for TVD and TSC.

  • rob60990

    Scandal is FINALLY against a new Mentalist and didn’t drop. The 2 share no audience.

  • Jack

    Soooo, Secret Circle – finally dead? 0.5 can’t be good for it’s renewal chances. Though I wonder how would such a late drop reflect on its prospects.

  • edward

    yeah grey’s still holding on

  • Sid

    So much for The Mentalist killing SCANDAL! :D

    TSC is definitely in trouble.

  • DenverDean

    NFL Draft impacted male-oriented shows. No surprise.

  • kat

    So much for the Vampire Diaries and the Secret Circle being down last week because no one knew they were back from hiatus. So does Secret Circle’s decline change the renewal hopes of any other shows?

  • alexjones

    the low waiting for person of interest is probably because people though it was a repeat, I wasn’t aware it was a new episode until last night.

  • Number Cruncher

    TVD and TSC didn’t air in Chicago last night. White Sox baseball was aired instead.

  • Dillan

    TSC will still be renewed. The CW will look at the entire season’s ratings.

    half hours please?

  • Kate

    Ouch @ TVD and TSC. I thought they’d bounce back. Is it still “too little, too late” for TSC to be thrown into the bubble/cancelation ring with the rest of The CW freshman shows + Nikita?

  • fra

    Last night episode of TVD WAS AMAZING!!! This ratings fot TVD are normal… every network are seeing LOWS,so it’s not that strange. If TBBT did a 5.5 this fall and a 4.0 now, i can’t see why TVD that did 1.5 this fall, can’t do a 1.0 now.
    Also with the last two episodes, ratings will likely grow.

  • Petar


    Will see next week! I am not sure that people even know that this week is on, after 2 weeks of!

  • Jan

    I’m glad Scandal did well. (Right?) It’s really a good show and it reminds me a LITTLE of The West Wing, in that the dialogue sounds like it came straight from Aaron Sorkin.

  • KarenM

    GA will be gone soon. PoI will continue to rule. GA attracts the dumb ones under 35. :( CBS will continue to rule!

    PoI isn’t perfect but at least it doesn’t have to rely on “beautiful” people with dumb storylines like GA to succeed. Sure the shootings of Reese are out there but overall the stories are way better than the soap operas like GA!

  • rob60990

    “Scandal > Revenge”

    HUH? Revenge was adjusted up yesterday and Scandal may be adjusted down.

  • SteveO

    @Max, no, Revenge is def their highest new 10pm. It is usually 2.3-2.4 range.

  • hubertwentland5

    wow, low all around. sure BBT (along with Idol) and maybe PoI will be adjusted up.

  • Mi

    @Max “So, is it basically Scandal > Revenge > GCB in terms of new 10PM shows on ABC?”
    Emm, no. Revenge and Scandal got 2.1 this week and considering this is Revenge’s season low and Scandal’s season high, it’s obvious which one is doing better. Also, my guess is that just like the last 2 weeks, Scandal would end up getting adjusted down a tenth.

  • zerg

    WTF? Scandal tie the Mentalist ( for now)

    Touch pathetic..under the Office

    POI hurt a lot grey’s I hate see grey’s beaten by other shows and i say as POI’s fan ……anyway hope both rise next week

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