'Parks and Recreation' Matches Show's Highest Rating Since November 2011

via press notes:

* At 8 p.m. ET, ” 30 Rock ” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) finished within 0.2 of a point of last week’s season-high 18-49 rating, despite last night’s competition from the season debut of Fox’s “American Idol.”


* At 8:30 p.m. ET, ” Parks and Recreation ” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) moved to the 8:30 half-hour by equaling the show’s highest 18-49 rating since November 17, 2011, last achieved at 9:31 p.m. ET on October 4. In total viewers, it’s the biggest overall audience for “Parks” in the past year (since January 19, 2012, 4.3 million). Versus its prior original at 9:31 on December 6, last night’s “Parks” was up 21 percent. Despite competition from last night’s “Idol” premiere, “Parks” scored NBC’s highest rating with comedy in the time period since March 15, 2012.


* “Parks” built on its 18-49 lead-in from “30 Rock” by 46 percent, the biggest build on lead-in for any original, regularly scheduled 8:30 comedy on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox so far this season.


* From 9-9:31 p.m. ET, ” The Office ” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) finished within a tenth of a rating point of last week’s 2.2, which was the show’s top rating since November 8, despite last night’s competition from the “Idol” debut. “The Office” is #2 in the slot among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in in men 18-34. Note that last season, ” The Office ” added an average 50 percent to these next-day ” live plus same day ” ratings when Nielsen reported ” live plus seven day ” results.


* From 9:31-10:01 p.m. ET, “1600 Penn” averaged a 1.2/3 in 18-49 and 3.0 million viewers overall.


* From 10:01-11 p.m. ET, “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) reported its highest adult 18-49, adult 25-54 (1.6 rating) and total-viewer results since November 1.  In 18-49, “Rock Center” was up 9 percent versus last week (1.2 vs. 1.1) and up 50 percent versus two weeks ago (1.2 vs. 0.8).  In total viewers, it was the third week in a row “Rock Center” has generated growth, with a gain versus one week ago of 16 percent (4.383 million vs. 3.768 million) and versus three weeks ago of 27 percent (4.383 million vs. 3.439 million)


The 1.9 matches "Parks" season-high at 9:31 and matches the show's
highest rating since November 17, 2011.

Versus the show's prior original (1.5 on Dec.6 at 9:31), last night's
episode was up 21 percent.

Versus the show's average for originals at 9:30 this season (1.6),
last night's 8:30 debut was up 19 percent.

At 8:30, "Parks and Recreation" (1.9/5) scores NBC's highest rating in
the slot with comedy programming since March 15, 2012, despite
competition from the "Idol" debut.

"Parks" builds on its lead-in by 46 percent (1.9 vs. 1.3).  It's the
biggest build on 18-49 lead-in for any original regularly schedule
8:30 comedy so far this season.

Despite the arrival of "Idol" competition, "The Office" (2.1/5)
finishes within a tenth of a point of last week's rating, which was
the show's highest since November 8.

At 8, "30 Rock" finishes within 0.2 of last week's season high,
despite the "Idol" competition.

At 10, "Rock Center" (1.2/3) reports its highest rating since November
1.  "Rock Center" has been up week to week the last two weeks in a
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