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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  • Harris

    All I have to say is… Go Nikita!!

  • Melanie

    Great job Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal! Too bad that Missing isn’t having impressive numbers though.

  • Jack

    Touch is bad, bad and bad…

  • Bunny

    NBC needs to develop more multi-cam comedies..

    Only use single cams for family-oriented shows like Modern Family,Malcom in the Middle,Suburgatory and The Middle because those are the ones that are successful

    and make young skewing multi-cams CBS style..

  • HB


    Its not a failure but it is sliding downwards.TVD has never dropped to 1.0 last year with the same competition.This season it got 1.0 two weeks in a row.The story line is going NO WHERE and the show is loosing its viewers.

  • fra


  • SteveO

    @Max, I wouldn’t be surprised if ABC renewed all of its 10pm shows (GCB, Castle, Private Practice, Revenge, Scandal). Castle and Revenge are a lock. Private Practice has made some good numbers lately. Scandal looks consistent. So it all depends how GCB does when it comes back after Desperate Housewives. But out of all those shows, GCB most likely to be canceled obviously.

  • Michael

    KS, there’s a chance TVD + TSC might hit lows tonight when the preliminaries are posted. Chicago, is the third biggest market for TV (I think).

  • Lindsay Fang

    Last night’s Community&30Rock were pretty good!
    Cancel TSC already!!!!!

  • Mi

    @KS they can stay the same too, half hours were 1.1/1.0 for TVD and 0.6/0.5 for TSC, so it might still be the same excluding Chicago too.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    FYI local pre-emptions like that will be factored out of the final ratings coming later today, and tend to bias the adjustments downward.

  • touchsucks

    touch is dead???????????????????????

  • DW

    this on 2 off three on 4 off six then whenever we feel like it from December to may isn’t working.

  • fra

    HB YOU ARE RIGHT, every show have storylines that brings nowhere, BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE SHOW on April is hitting series low.
    It’s all about QUALITY.
    This is funny

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    No question that the “NFL Draft Did It!” square will be pounded into submission by the end of the day today.

  • Randy

    Cancel Touch, let’s get Keifer back in 24 and bring that back. I bet it would get better numbers than most any hour long drama on FOX now.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    No, has to be aired before 3am on the original airdate to be in the regular ratings.

  • Kevin

    Dare I say, of Touch continues bleeding with AI as leadin, Alcatraz may live to see another day!

  • Harris

    @Bill Gorman: They trend downward because nobody knows what time they are on, if they even air them on the same day (They did this to Nikita a number of times last year where they aired it at midnight, or even as long as a few days later). It’s really unfair to the show, but I guess that’s what happens when you give local networks such leverage to preempt shows.

  • S.

    Scandal did worse than Private Practice this week, and by managed to match PP behind GA but with a worse retention that PP two last episodes in the same slot.

    If it gets renewed its not because it is performing well or it is any good. It’s just because its cheap, and will have the same fate as Body of Proof. A week first season, and dead on the second.

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