It wasn't all bad news on Thursday, though, as "30 Rock
" and "Grey's Anatomy
" were up, while "Parks and Recreation
" improved on recent time period performances for NBC. Another week of steady ratings, albeit not up despite its rising lead-in, also seems like a boon for ABC's "Scandal."
For the night, FOX averaged a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49, tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 2.2 rating, followed by CBS' 1.8 rating and the 1.4 rating for NBC. The CW averaged a 0.7 key demo rating for Thursday.
Overall, FOX averaged 10.97 million viewers to go with a 6.8 rating/11 share to win Thursday primetime. CBS averaged 8.44 million viewers and a 5.3/9, compared the ABC's 8.03 million viewers and a 5.4/9. There was a huge drop then to NBC's 2.1/3 and 3.23 million viewers and then to The CW's 1.2/2 and 1.65 million.
8 p.m. -
"American Idol" started primetime in first for FOX with 14.59 million viewers and a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49. A repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.25 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating) and a new "Rules of Engagement
" (7.73 million and a 2.2 key demo) finished second for CBS. ABC's "Missing" averaged 7.08 million viewers for third and a 1.3 key demo rating for fourth. NBC was third in the key demo and a distant fourth overall with "Community" (2.91 million and a 1.3 key demo) and "30 Rock" (3.155 million and a 1.5 key demo). The CW's "Vampire Diaries" averaged 2.18 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - ABC grabbed first place for the 9 p.m. hour with 9.65 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 for "Grey's Anatomy." CBS' repeat of "Person of Interest" was second overall with 8.66 million viewers and fourth with a 1.5 key demo rating. FOX's "Touch" averaged 7.345 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating. NBC followed with "The Office" (4.31 million and a 2.2 key demo) and "Parks and Recreation" (3.53 million and a 1.8 key demo). The CW's "The Secret Circle" lost half of its lead-in with 1.11 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - A repeat of "The Mentalist" won the 10 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 8.18 million viewers and finished second with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Scandal" averaged 7.35 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.1 key demo rating. NBC's "Awake" averaged 2.74 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating in third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.