Geoff Stults, Saffron Burrows and Michael Clarke Duncan of 'Bones'
On yet another night of sluggish across-the-board ratings, FOX's "American Idol
" and "Bones
" both posted big declines from last week, but still led the network to a pair of comfortable Thursday ratings wins.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 4.4 rating for the night, easily topping NBC's 2.1 rating in the key demographic. CBS was third with a 1.8 rating, beating the 1.1 rating for ABC, with The CW's 0.9 rating close behind in fifth.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 15.36 million viewers and an 8.9 rating/15 share. CBS was second with 8.55 million viewers and a 5.4/9, beating the combined totals for NBC's 2.8/5 and 4.49 million and ABC's 2.4/4 and 3.77 million. The CW was fifth with a 1.5/2 and 2.3 million viewers.
8 p.m. -
The latest "American Idol" results show averaged 19.62 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49 to win the 8 p.m. hour, though it was down by over a million viewers and half a demo ratings point from last Thursday. CBS was second with 6.27 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Rules of Engagement." ABC's "Wipeout" repeat was third with 4.74 million viewers. NBC got low numbers for "Community
" (3.295 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating) and "The Paul Reiser Show
" (2.54 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating). The CW's "Vampire Diaries" averaged 2.65 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, topping NBC in both measures for the 8:30 half-hour.
9 p.m. -
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episode of "Bones" averaged nearly 11.1 million viewers and a 3.2 demo rating to win the 9 p.m. hour for FOX. CBS' repeat of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was second overall with 8.4 million viewers, but finished third in the demo. NBC's "The Office
" (6.8 million and a 3.3 demo) and "Parks and Recreation
" (5.09 million and a 2.5 demo) were third overall and second in the demo. ABC was fourth with 3.86 million viewers for a "Grey's Anatomy" repeat. On The CW, a new "Nikita" averaged 1.94 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating.
10 p.m. - CBS' repeat of "The Mentalist" averaged 10.96 million viewers to win the 10 p.m. hour overall. NBC's hour-long "30 Rock" averaged 4.62 million viewers in second, but won the hour with a 2.2 rating in the key demo. ABC's "Private Practice" repeat averaged 2.73 million viewers.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.