Of course Fox won the adults 18-49 ratings on Thursday night.  American Idol easily topped the night with an 7.6 adults 18-49 rating, down  3% vs. last Thursday’s 7.8 rating.   Thursdays for Idol are still taking a toll though, that was down 23 percent from the equivalent episode last year (Wednesday, January 20, 2010 from 8-9p) that had a 9.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Wednesday night’s episode was only down 9% vs. the equivalent Tuesday a year earlier.

Bones was up 11% vs. last week to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating, its highest rating in nearly four years (2/14/07).

Community was  flat vs. last week with a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and Perfect Couples was down 19% to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. With last week’s Thursday debut of  the three hour comedy block, NBC ran against repeats on ABC from 9p-11p, this week both ABC & CBS were in repeats from 9p-11p.  That didn’t seem to help The OfficeParks & Recreation or 30 Rock.

‘Office’ was down 11% to a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating, ‘Parks’ was down 6% to a 3.0 and ’30 Rock’ was down 11% to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Outsourced was the only NBC comedy up on the night, but it was only 6% to 1.9 rating.

ABC’s Winter Wipeout was down 8% to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and with a repeat of ‘Big Bang’ as its lead in, $#*! My Dad Says was down 18% to a series low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

The Vampire Diaries returned to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating and a 2.3 rating with women 18-34.  Nikita returned with a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, and its best overall numbers since October, wrecking Bill’s prediction that all CW shows other than TVD would pull a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating for the week. There’s still a sliver of  hope for Bill in the finals if a lot of people were watching whatever preempted the CW lineup in Baltimore  and Chicago.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 27, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 7.6/21 22.27
CBS Big Bang Theory (R) 2.4/7 9.19
ABC Winter Wipeout 2.4/7 7.61
NBC Community 2.2/6 4.64
CW Vampire Diaries 1.6/4 3.46
8:30 CBS X $#*! My Dad Says 2.3/6 8.86
NBC Perfect Couples 1.7/4 3.53
9:00 NBC The Office 4.0/11 7.93
FOX Bones 3.9/10 12.15
CBS CSI (R) 2.1/6 9.67
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (R) 1.5/4 4.50
CW Nikita 1.1/3 2.65
9:30 NBC Parks & Recreation 3.0/8 5.88
10:00 NBC 30 Rock 2.4/7 4.92
CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.9/5 10.12
ABC Private Practice (R) 1.0/3 3.44
10:30 NBC Outsourced 1.9/6 4.15

Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

• In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.7/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.7/7 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.

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

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) trailed “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

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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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