Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 26, 2012.
CBS' "The Big Bang" theory followed up on last week's slim victory over "American Idol
" among young viewers by expanding that advantage and even topping FOX's slightly wounded juggernaut overall. Of course, "Idol" crushed the still-solid "Rob
" and, aided by a bump for "The Finder
," led FOX to Thursday wins.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 4.1 rating, easily beating CBS' 2.8 rating in the key demographic. NBC's 1.4 rating and the 1.2 rating for ABC followed, while The CW aired a movie for a 0.5 key demo rating.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 12.75 million viewers for Thursday primetime along with a 7.6 rating/12. CBS was a respectable second with a 7.0/11 and 11.27 million viewers, far ahead of ABC's 2.5/4 and 3.88 million viewers and NBC's 2.4/4 and 3.65 million viewers. The CW averaged 1.31 million viewers and a 0.9/1.
[Univision averaged 3.75 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 for Thursday primetime.]
8 p.m. -
FOX's "American Idol" averaged 16.99 million viewers and a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49 to win the 8 p.m. hour, but there were dynamic splits between the first half-hour (15.46 million and a 4.8 key demo) and the second half-hour (18.53 million and a 6.0 key demo). The cause of that split had something to do with "The Big Bang Theory
" averaging 15.96 million viewers and a 5.4 key demo rating for the 8 p.m. half-hour, while "Rob" averaged 11.58 million viewers and a 3.5 key demo rating. ABC's repeat of "Wipeout" averaged 4.86 million viewers for third and a 1.5 key demo rating for fourth. NBC was fourth overall and third in the key demo with low weeks for "30 Rock" (3.84 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo) and "Parks and Recreation
" (3.48 million and a 1.7 key demo). The CW's airing of "The Covenant" averaged 1.35 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - A repeat of "Person of Interest" put CBS into first overall for the 9 p.m. hour with 10.48 million viewers and finished second with a 2.1 key demo rating. FOX's "The Finder" capitalized on lack of original drama content in the hour to take a big leap to 8.51 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's repeat of "Grey's Anatomy" averaged 3.99 million viewers for third and a 1.3 key demo rating for fourth. NBC's "30 Rock" (4 million and a 1.9 key demo) and an "Up All Night" repeat (3.03 million and a 1.4 key demo) were fourth overall and third in the demo. The CW's "The Covenant" averaged 1.27 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.
10 p.m. -
CBS closed primetime in first with 9.56 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 for a "Mentalist" repeat. NBC's new episode of "The Firm
" was up from last week, though "up" means 3.77 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating. ABC's "Private Practice" averaged 2.79 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.