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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  • OutOfSync

    Looks like the males in the demo were watching the NFL Draft coverage.

  • Oliver

    Good point about the NFL draft.

  • Chuck_T

    The live episode of 30 Rock was hilarious last night. The Office was also one of the better ones of the season.

  • Chris

    I loved both TVD and TSC last night. Crossing fingers for both to get adjusted up from this series lows. I still hope that TSC will be renewed. Even if they move it to Friday (pairing it with Supernatural is not a bad idea), I’ll be happy beacause it will get the second season. As for TVD, there are no doubts about season 4. I hope they will keep Claire Holt on the show. She’s amazing.

  • Michael

    Thursday’s line-up on the CW is collapsing!

  • #1MentalistFan

    Oh my gosh. These numbers are so depressing.

  • moli

    Not at all happy with the Parks number and fear it will get adjusted down again. It’s starting to feel like The Office drags down whatever airs after it. Obviously, NBC will renew it for next season, but it’s basically useless as a lead-in at this point.

  • Max


    I know but considering Revenge was up against a CSI repeat and Scandal faces off with a first run Mentalist on CBS, Scandal’s rating is more impressive than Revenge.

  • Leonard

    Scandal did really well…

    And Grey’s Anatomy still a huge success to ur 8th year. Unbelievable.

  • sara

    Suggestion to the Fox programming department. In order to save Touch try this:

    8:00-8:30 American Idol

    8:30-9:30 Touch

    9:30-10:00 American Idol

  • Sarah

    I feel like I should start watching Scandal. I was reluctant because I thought it would tank and get canceled, but it seems pretty steady now, so I might have to check it out.

  • profTV

    Glad 30 Rock gained, a valiant effort and way funny; I thought the first live episode was cleaner but last night’s funnier. Kudos nonetheless, it was hilarious and indeed, we need LIVE tv!

    Community, as usual, brilliant! Law and Order with the death of a Yam, too good! Not Starburns!!!! So well done!

    For me the funniest hour on TV all week, well since last Thursday at 8 on NBC.

  • Tom

    The Draft hammering PoI and The Office is not a surprise.

    The Draft hitting The Mentalist is a bit of a surprise.

  • Brock

    Episodes like last night’s Big Bang don’t do it any favors, the show is very inconsistent/ Community rocked however and glad to see it beat “Missing” although 1.4 still isn’t good.

  • 47th

    It’s probably safe to say Scandal will be back next season. Even if those numbers are borderline, its steadyness is impressive.

  • NBC – Ouch!!

    Tough night when a 2.1 is the best they can do across their entire portfolio!! They need to do something drastic…

  • SteveO

    @Max, maybe this particular week, but Revenge is consistent in hitting 2.3-2.4 when it’s up against real competition. It only hit the low this week because ABC scheduled repeats for the first 1.5 hours of its night.

  • AnotherViewer

    Scandal really is holding quite remarkably. All four episodes have gotten a 2.1/6 in the preliminary numbers, and if it’s adjusted down in the final like the first three, this episode will likely end with the same 2.0/6. Pretty impressive for a show to remain that steady in its first four weeks instead of going down even a bit.

  • battye

    Community and 30 Rock were fantastic.
    Really thought 30 Rock would hit mid 2’s seeing the last live episode hit the 3’s. At least those two shows were up, but the ratings are still atrocious.

    Awake… 2.19 million viewers. Pathetic. Should be sent to Saturday, SVU re-runs would do better.
    Robert, Bill: total viewers may not matter, but surely there is an embarrassment factor here for NBC?

  • DW

    great way to star off sweeps. lousy numbers.

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