Of course Fox easily dominated the night as the two hour American Idol revealing the final 24 scored a 7.2/20 rating/share in adults 18-49.   That’s down 5% from last week’s one hour episode, though for the night overall Fox was about 30% better off than last week due to the extra hour of Idol.   It was also ahead of the equivalent telecast last year.

The Big Bang Theory was up a tenth versus last week, and in its time period premiere Rules of Engagement was up 8% versus $#*! My Dad Says.  But  CSI and the The Mentalist were  both down 7%, CSI to a series low 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Against American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy dropped 11% to a series low 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, but Private Practice was up a tenth from last week to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Earlier in the night Winter Wipeout was up 16% versus last week.

On NBC,  Community, Perfect Couples, The Office and Outsourced were all flat vs. last week, but Parks & Recreation was up 9% to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating  and  30 Rock was up 15% to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.  The Office and Outsourced tied season lows in adults 18-49.

Both The Vampire Diaries and Nikita were down a tenth with adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 24, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 7.0/20 21.34
CBS Big Bang Theory 3.8/11 12.51
ABC Winter Wipeout 2.2/6 7.09
NBC Community 1.8/5 3.91
CW Vampire Diaries 1.3/4 2.94
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.8/8 9.63
NBC Perfect Couples 1.4/4 2.96
9:00 FOX American Idol 7.3/19 21.82
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.3/9 9.10
NBC The Office 3.3/9 6.20
CBS CSI 2.7/7 12.48
CW Nikita 0.8/2 1.99
9:30 NBC Parks & Recreation 2.4/6 4.65
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.8/8 14.67
ABC Private Practice 2.4/7 6.70
NBC 30 Rock 2.3/6 4.51
10:30 NBC Outsourced 1.5/4 3.40

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,” 3.3/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.2/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/5 with an encore.

• 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,” 0.6/3 with an encore.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 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” (0.4/2).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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