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Thursday night’s American Idol results show had no trouble winning the night for Fox, but it lost a significant number of viewers compared to last week’s results show. The other headline of the night was NBC’s second episode of Awake, which lost a big chunk of its viewers.
CBS topped the night in viewers, though, drawing 14.5 million viewers and a 3.6 18-49 rating, reports Hit Fix. The network started off with a new episode of The Big Bang Theory, which drew 15.22 million viewers and a 5.1 18-49 rating, which was bigger than Idol’s average rating for the hour. However, a repeat of Big Bang dropped CBS’ average for the hour, drawing a 4.0 18-49 rating and 12.87 million viewers. Person of Interest also came in with big numbers for CBS, drawing a huge 15.78 million viewers and a 3.4 18-49 rating. CBS also won the 10 p.m. hour with The Mentalist, which drew 13.79 million viewers and a 2.8 18-49 rating.
Fox came in second with an average of 12.13 million viewers and a 3.6 18-49 rating. Idol started the night with 17 million viewers and a 4.8 18-49 rating. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that was an 11 percent drop from the last results show. The Finder, however, was up 15 percent with a 2.3 18-49 rating and 7.3 million viewers.
Despite a night of repeats, ABC still drew more viewers than NBC, averaging 4.16 million viewers, but just a 1.4 18-49 rating. A repeat of the GCB premiere ran at 10 p.m., getting just 3.84 million viewers.
NBC was in fourth with 4.05 million, but managed to get a 1.8 18-49 rating, notes Zap2It. Most of the network’s comedy block was up, although 30 Rock started steady with 3.5 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation jumped to 3.8 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating, while The Office had 5 million and a 2.6 rating. Up All Night finished up with 3.5 million viewers and a 1.7 rating. Viewers might not have been as impressed with Awake as critics, as the show fell 20 percent from its premiere, drawing 4.3 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 rating.
The CW’s repeats of The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural averaged just a bit over 1 million viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating.