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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  • charmedcraft

    TVD and TSC are aring on Sunday in chicago due to baseball.

  • Sky


  • Ben Thompson

    Bummed that VD/TSC did not go up.

  • fra

    TSC is collapsing! TVD is still strong, and the best rated show oon the network. Now after two 1.0, is a failure?!?! How on earth this can be true??? Ratings of TVD this year were more or less on pair with last season, now are down 0.2… but it’s MAY. Less people is watching TV, and all the series are seeing LOWS.
    Don’t be ridicolous haters, THANKS

  • Mi

    @Max let’s not forget Scandal followed a 3.2 show and lost most of its lead-in while Revenge followed a 2.0 show when most evening was on repeats, shall we? I think Revenge would do better than 2.1 against a new CSI next week.

  • Ultima

    the low waiting for person of interest is probably because people though it was a repeat

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

    That’s either a very lame excuse or the show has really dumb fans!

  • ABC hater

    The live episode did nothing for 30 Rock. :S

  • salim

    i hope the vampire diaries hits 0.9 sooooon

  • Ron

    Max, Revenge is still ahead of Scandal and all of ABC’s 10pm dramas.

  • Rebecca

    Some may not have known TBBT would be new last night (and it’s new now for the next two Thursdays). Recorded and watched it, so now I’ll have to see Community online soon. 30R was great. Office was good – just when I am ready to write it off again it gets better. I’ll stick with it until the end; I just kind of hope next season is the end. P&R was great as usual. Have to see RoE online later, too – right now I’m in the middle of Touch. I hope the NBC numbers go up in the finals.

  • Max


    Well, that makes sense. I guess Revenge will be tested again next week when everything is new and the entire ABC lineup is first run. I actually hope both shows do well because I don’t want to fear that ABC will only renew one new 10PM program.

  • eridapo

    Fan Excuse Bingo candidate —- The NFL Draft affected all the male demos eschewing shows.

  • senor chang

    Holy crap. Awake is below TVD in viewers too now.

    NBC has to go up next season. There has to be a floor somewhere. Good grief.

    Scandal is crazy steady.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Last night’s The Mentalist episode was amazing, one of the best episodes EVER! Finally, they acknowledged the existence of gay people. GO SCANDAL!!!!!

  • Samuel

    They’re airing a new episode every 3 weeks, broadcast television can’t air tv shows on a decent schedule, which is killing them. All those shows where way stronger when they were airing an episode per week. Truly sad.

  • Jerry

    I wonder if Fox is finally realizing that a show doesn’t survive just by starring Kiefer. I smelled a stinker a mile away since Tim Kring was involved, since how Heroes imploded on itself after the amazing first season.

    If Fringe got cancelled and Touch renewed I was going to be one sadpanda. But it looks like that’s not an issue anymore!

  • KS

    Are there chances for CW to be adjusted down?

  • MoHasanie

    Grey’s is probably going to be adjusted up and Scandal down. Scandal seems to be very stable which is good, but its retention isn’t great.

    TBBT is at a season low, and POI is really down. Thursdays 9pm still belongs to Greys, and it doesn’t look like that will change next season either.
    And so much for The Mentalist hurting Scandal.

    30 Rocks didn’t benefit that much from its live episode, which is unfortunate. And is that a season low for The Office?

    Touch ratings already below 2. Fox will definitely cancel this show.

  • OMG

    I guess Scandal will be back next season. Seems like Nielsen viewers suddenly abandoned CBS. ABC was remarkably stable this week. And all their 10pm shows this week attaining more than 2.0, which is low, but still better than a few weeks ago.

    I was shocked at POI’s steep drop. The weird thing is, I watched POI’s episodes in a row, in the last month, it was so compelling, and then there is a 2 week break and I felt like it was no longer must-see tv. I actually had to remind myself how this show has been top-notch in terms of writing, pacing, characters and acting.

    I have to say though, regarding the comparison of Scandal and Revenge. They both got the same ratings this week, though Scandal seems likely to adjust down, but the marked difference is that Revenge grew out of lower B—- in Apt 23 while Scandal required a 3.2 lead-in.

  • KS

    If aired on Sunday, will that ratings be added to the usual ratings of the show?

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