On the eve of Good Friday (and Earth Day) ABC and CBS were in repeats. Of course Fox would’ve easily won the night regardless with an hour of  American Idol that scored a 5.6/18 adults 18-49 rating and an hour of Bones that featured a backdoor pilot for “The Finder,” that garnered a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.  I speculate whether “The Finder” is a keeper probably doesn’t have a lot to do with the ratings.  American Idol was down 13% from last week and Bones was down 9%, but look for Idol to be adjusted up a couple of tenths in the final numbers and Bones to be adjusted down due to the overrun.

Like Fox, NBC ran a night of originals.  Community averaged a 1.5 adults 18-49 up a tenth versus lastversus last week.  The Paul Reiser Show scored an even more miserable than its premiere 0.9 rating with a adults 18-49.  More Will Ferrell on The Office but it was down hard, dropping 0.7 from last week’s 4.0 adults 18-49 rating all the way down to a 3.3 rating.  Parks and Recreation was even with last week with a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.  The two-part 100th episode of 30 Rock averaged a  2.2 adults 18-49 rating for the hour,  even  last week’s 30 minute episodes

CW also ran originals. Vampire Diaries was down 0.2 versus last week with a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Nikita was even with another 0.8  adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 21, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 5.6/18 19.62
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 1.8/9 7.04
NBC Community 1.5/5 3.30
ABC Wipeout (R) 1.3/4 4.74
CW Vampire Diaries 1.1/4 2.65
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (R) 1.5/5 5.51
NBC The Paul Reiser Show 0.9/3 2.54
9:00 NBC The Office 3.3/9 6.80
FOX Bones 3.2/9 11.10
CBS CSI (R) 1.6/5 8.40
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (R) 1.2/3 3.86
CW Nikita 0.8/2 1.94
9:30 NBC Parks & Recreation 2.5/7 5.09
10:00 NBC 30 Rock 2.3/6 4.80
CBS The Mentalist (R) 2.1/6 10.96
ABC Private Practice (R) 0.8/2 2.73
10:30 NBC 30 Rock 2.1/6 4.44

Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

• In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets (the Nashville market is delayed), household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.0/5 with an encore telecast delayed by a preview of “The Voice”; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/6 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.7/6; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4 with an encore delayed by “Voice” preview; “Late Show,” 0.6/3 with an encore; “Nightline,” 0.7/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore delayed by “Voice” preview) trailed CBS’s on-time first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/2 in 18-49 with an encore delayed by “Voice” preview) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 with an encore delayed by “Voice” preview 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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