With an hour of American Idol, Fox of course won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers. CBS and ABC tied for second with adults 18-49. Idol was up 7% from last week to a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating.  The recently renewed Bones rose 18% to a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating.

The Big Bang Theory was down two tenths to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Rules of Engagement was down a tenth to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  CSI slid to a new low of a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating (note last week CSI had a 2.3 in the prelims and was adjusted up to a 2.4 in the finals). The Mentalist was steady week over week with a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Wipeout returned down 26% from its last original to a series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Grey’s Anatomy was down two tenths to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Private Practice was up a tenth to a 2.3 rating.

NBC’s Community was flat week over week.  The first episode of The Office without Steve Carell was down 17% from Carell’s swan song to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating (but last night was higher than the penultimate Carell episode). Parks & Recreation was up 13% to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. 30 Rock was up 11% from last week to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Outsourced returned down 12% versus its last original on 4/14 to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

CW’s The Vampire Diaries was steady vs. last week with a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating but Nikita was up 33% to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 5, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 6.1/20 20.81
CBS The Big Bang Theory 3.1/11 10.26
ABC Wipeout 1.4/5 4.80
NBC Community 1.4/5 3.46
CW Vampire Diaries 1.2/4 2.67
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.2/7 7.70
NBC The Office (R) 1.1/3 2.70
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.5/10 9.86
NBC The Office 3.5/10 6.76
FOX Bones 3.3/9 11.09
CBS CSI 2.2/6 10.46
CW Nikita 0.8/2 1.93
9:30 NBC Parks & Recreation 2.6/7 5.07
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.6/7 13.64
ABC Private Practice 2.3/6 6.89
NBC 30 Rock 2.1/6 4.21
10:30 NBC Outsourced 1.5/4 3.15

Via NBC press note:

• In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.1/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.5/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/5.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/4; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.8/5 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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