Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 12, 2012.
Without CBS originals on Thursday night, FOX's "American Idol" took a big jump and "Touch" stopped weeks of declines, as the network controlled primetime in all key measures.
The absence of new CBS episodes also helped ABC's "Scandal" avoid a post-premiere decline and even led to "Community" and "Awake" gaining a few viewers.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.2 rating for Thursday night, winning the key demographic. CBS was still second with a 2.4 rating, followed by ABC's 2.1 rating. NBC averaged a 1.3 rating, while The CW's repeats posted a 0.4 key demo rating.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 11.78 million viewers to go with a 7.3 rating/12 share. CBS was second with a 5.5/9 and 8.83 million viewers, just ahead of ABC's 5.4/9 and 8.055 million viewers. There was the usual big drop to NBC's 2.0/3 and 3.17 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.8/1 and 961,000 viewers.
[Univision averaged 3.68 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 for Thursday night.]

8 p.m. - A shocking "American Idol" results show dominated the 8 p.m. hour with 15.34 million viewers and a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49, up substantially from last week's show. CBS remained second with a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.58 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating) and a new "Rules of Engagement" (8.46 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo rating). ABC's "Missing" averaged 7.87 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating, up in viewers and flat in the key demo. NBC was way back in fourth with "Community" (up a hair to 3.18 million and a 1.4 key demo rating) and "30 Rock" (also up with 3.04 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo). The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" repeat drew 1.075 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo.
9 p.m. - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" won the 9 p.m. hour with 8.84 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49. CBS was second with 8.81 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" and "2 Broke Girls." FOX's "Touch" averaged 8.22 million viewers, but despite that rise in viewers and an improved lead-in, "Touch" was flat with a 2.3 key demo rating. NBC was fourth with new episodes of "The Office" (4.35 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating) and "Up All Night" (3.18 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating). The CW's "Secret Circle" repeat averaged 848,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - CBS' repeat of "The Mentalist" averaged 8.66 million viewers, but finished second with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Scandal" was flat with 7.45 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.1 key demo rating. NBC's "Awake" added a couple viewers to 2.65 million and stayed flat with 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.


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.