American Idol was down 5% in the adults 18-49 ratings vs. last Thursday, but was still more than enough to lift Fox to the Thursday ratings win. The second Thursday of The Marriage Ref lost 21% of its adults 18-49 ratings as NBC fell nearly across the board.

Fox had an overall down night, as American Idol was down 5% from last Thursday to a 6.2 adults 18-49 rating, and Kitchen Nightmares was down 6% to a 3.1 rating. Idol haters update: the show is now down 7% season to date in adults 18-49 ratings.

Except for 30 Rock, NBC’s lineup suffered. Lead down by the second Thursday of The Marriage Ref falling 21% from last week to a 2.7 rating, still good for unscripted, and for NBC in general, but when will the bleeding stop? Community was down 17% from last week to a 1.9 rating tieing its season low for an original episode. Parks & Recreation was down 9% to a 2.1 rating. Compared to its special one hour “baby” episode last week, The Office fell 19% to a 3.8 rating. Only 30 Rock was up (4% vs. its last original episode on 2/11) to a 2.9 rating.

ABC was mixed, the original Grey’s Anatomy at 9pm was down 3% from last week to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating, while Private Practice was up 7% to a 2.9 rating. Next Thursday 2 hours of FlashForward starts the night.

CBS was also down early and up late. With Survivor down 5% from last week to a season low 3.6 rating, CBS’s best of the night. CSI was down 11% from last week to a 3.3 rating. Possibly feasting on Marriage Ref declines, The Mentalist was up 6% to a 3.4 rating.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 5.7 18 17.836
CBS Survivor: Heroes v. Villains 3.5 11 12.067
NBC Community 1.9 6 4.700
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 1.0 3 4.300
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.6 2 1.566
8:30 FOX American Idol 6.8 19 20.461
CBS Survivor: Heroes v. Villains 3.7 10 12.167
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.1 6 4.608
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 1.2 3 4.497
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.5 1 1.361
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.8 10 10.736
NBC The Office 3.8 11 7.505
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 3.3 9 8.377
CBS CSI 3.2 9 14.856
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.5 1 1.385
9:30 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.0 11 11.187
CBS CSI 3.5 9 15.977
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 3.0 8 6.822
NBC 30 Rock 2.9 8 5.894
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.5 1 1.424
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 3.4 10 16.174
ABC Private Practice 3.0 9 8.294
NBC The Marriage Ref 2.7 8 6.190
10:30 CBS The Mentalist 3.4 10 15.885
ABC Private Practice 2.8 8 7.590
NBC The Marriage Ref 2.6 8 5.897

Note: A one minute overrun of Grey’s Anatomy into Private Practice was scheduled, that increases the potential that Grey’s will see an upward adjustment, and Practice a downward adjustment in the final ratings.

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