‘The Big Bang Theory’ beats ‘American Idol’ Thursday in overall viewers and ratings

By Daniel S Levine,

While The Big Bang Theory had beat American Idol in its 8-8:30 p.m. time slot before this season, Thursday night was the first time that Big Bang has outdone Idol’s hour-long numbers. The win helped CBS finish in first over Fox.

CBS easily beat out Fox, drawing 13.65 million viewers and a 3.2 18-49 rating, according to Hit Fix. The network started off with Big Bang, which drew 16.1 million viewers and a 5.2 18-49 rating, both higher than Idol’s numbers for the hour. Rob fell to 10.63 million viewers and a 3.0 18-49 rating, though. Person of Interest was up from last week, drawing 14.41 million viewers and a 3.1 18-49 rating. The Mentalist dropped, but still drew a good 13.18 million viewers and a decent 2.5 18-49 rating.

Fox came in second with 10.8 million viewers, but tied CBS with an average 3.2 18-49 rating. Still, Idol, which revealed the second half of its Top 24 competitors, drew 15.39 million viewers and just a 4.4 18-49 rating. Entertainment Weekly reports that it is the fist time since another show has had a better overall 18-49 rating than Idol since a 2007 episode of Grey’s Anatomy. On top of that, NBC’s The Voice will have a better overall weekly 18-49 rating than Idol. The Finder followed with just 6.2 million viewers and a 2.0 18-49 rating, a 9 percent drop from the week before.

ABC came in third with 6.8 million viewers and a 2.3 18-49 rating, reports Zap2It. Wipeout managed to remain steady with 5 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice took some major hits. Grey’s drew 8.9 million viewers and a 3.1 18-49 rating, while Private Practice had just 6.4 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating.

Thankfully for NBC, most of its shows were up from last week’s lows, although this only means that an average of 3.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the new episodes of its comedies. The network averaged just a 1.6 18-49 rating. 30 Rock started with 3.7 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, while Parks and Recreation had 3.42 million and a 1.5 rating, as well. The Office was up to 4.98 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating, while Up All Night had 3.45 million viewers. The show’s 1.8 18-49 rating was a 20 percent climb from last week, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

The CW’s reruns of The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural averaged 1.1 million viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating.

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