Facing tough competition on the first night of the February Sweeps period, "American Idol
" held onto almost all of its Thursday audience and although "Bones
" took a big drop, FOX won the night in all key measures.
Meanwhile, the competition took a big bite out of NBC's comedies, particularly "Parks and Recreation
" and the nearly-dead "Perfect Couples."
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 5.4 rating for the night, beating the 3.1 ratings for ABC and CBS in the coveted demographic. NBC was fourth with a 2.3 rating, followed by the 1.2 rating for The CW.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 15.98 million viewers to go with an 8.8 rating/14 share. CBS was a close second overall with an 8.2/13 and 13.67 million viewers. ABC was well back in third with a 5.3/8 and 8.73 million viewers, still far ahead of the 4.73 million and 2.8/4 for NBC. The CW's 1.6/3 and 2.79 million viewers trailed.
8 p.m. -
FOX started the night in first with the 21.78 million viewers and 7.5 rating among adults 18-49 for "American Idol," both down only slightly from last week's totals. CBS was far behind in second with the resilient "The Big Bang Theory
" (13.815 million and 4.3 demo rating) and a so-so "$#*! My Dad Says" (10.5 million and a 2.8 demo). ABC was third with the 7.94 million viewers and 2.5 demo for "Wipeout
." On NBC, "Community
" (4.345 million and a 2.0 demo) was down slightly and "Perfect Couples" (3.065 million and a 1.4 demo) was down slightly more. The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" averaged 3.18 million viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, both off from last week's return.
9 p.m. -
CBS moved into first overall in the 10 p.m. hour with 13.8 million viewers for "CSI
: Crime Scene Investigation," though the procedural was fourth for the hour in the 18-49 demographic. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy
" was second with 11.1 million viewers and averaged a 4.2 rating to win the key demo. FOX's "Bones" dipped to 10.18 million viewers (after drawing over 12 million last week), but still held second in the key demo with a 3.3 rating. NBC's "The Office" (7.3 million and a 3.7 demo) was down, but "Parks and Recreation" (5.05 million and a 2.5 demo) was down more. The CW's "Nikita" averaged 2.41 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating in fifth.
10 p.m. -
" closed primetime in first for CBS with 15.05 million viewers and a 2.8 demo rating. ABC's "Private Practice" was on the low side with 7.14 million viewers and a 2.6 demo. NBC's "30 Rock
" (4.84 million viewers and a 2.4 demo) and "Outsourced" (3.8 million and a 1.8 demo) trailed.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.