Fox had an easy time topping the nights 18-49 rating as American Idol slipped just a little, and most networks had ratings ups and downs across their schedules.

American Idol’s season low 7.2 adults 18-49 rating was 4% lower than last Thursday, and just 8% behind last season’s fourth Wednesday’s 7.8 rating, far less than the typical (10-15%) annual declines. At 9pm, Bones‘ 3.3 rating was even with last Thursday’s.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory’s 3.9 adults 18-49 rating was down 9% from last week, while $#*! My Dad Says tieing a series low 2.7 rating, 4% lower than last week. At 9pm CSI scored a series low 2.8 rating, 7% lower than last week, and The Mentalist’s 2.9 rating was even with last week.

ABC’s Wipeout 2.2 rating was down 12% vs. last week, a season low. Grey’s Anatomy drew a season low 3.9 rating down 9% vs. last Thursday. Private Practice’s 2.7 adults 18-49 rating  was up 8% vs. last week.

On NBC,  Community’s 1.8 adults 18-49 rating was down 10% vs. last week, while Perfect Couples 1.5 rating rose 7% from last week (retentionista’s take note!). The Office’s 3.6 rating slipped 3% vs. last week, and Park’s and Recreation drew a 2.6 rating was 8% higher than last week. At 10 pm, 30 Rock’s 2.3 adults 18-49 rating was 4% lower than last week. Outsourced was 6% lower than last week to a 1.7 rating.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries 1.2 adults 18-49 rating was a series low down 20% vs. last week, and its 2.0 women 18-34 rating fell 17% vs. last week. Nikita’s 0.7 adults 18-49 rating was 22% lower than last week to a series low, however its women 18-34 ratings were even with last week’s 1.0.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 10, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 6.8 19 20.386
ABC WIPEOUT 2.0 6 6.637
NBC COMMUNITY 1.8 5 3.850
8:30 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 7.7 21 23.081
CBS $#! MY DAD SAYS 2.7 7 10.433
ABC WIPEOUT 2.3 6 7.242
9:00 ABC GREY’S ANATOMY 3.8 10 10.348
NBC THE OFFICE 3.6 9 6.933
FOX BONES 3.4 9 10.640
CBS CSI 2.8 7 12.519
CW NIKITA 0.8 2 1.907
9:30 ABC GREY’S ANATOMY 3.9 10 10.404
FOX BONES 3.1 8 9.505
CBS CSI 2.7 7 12.775
CW NIKITA 0.7 2 1.858
10:00 CBS THE MENTALIST 3.0 8 14.945
NBC 30 ROCK 2.3 6 4.614
10:30 CBS THE MENTALIST 2.9 8 14.545
NBC OUTSOURCED 1.7 5 3.656

Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

Nielsen’s 56 metered markets (with four markets excluded today), household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.7/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.1/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.0/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.4/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.6/4).

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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day DVR viewing” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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