‘The Big Bang Theory’ returns to strong numbers, but ‘American Idol’ still wins the night in ratings

By Daniel S Levine,

Thursday was a busy night for the networks, as CBS returned will new episodes of The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest, while Fox aired another elimination episode of American Idol.

CBS won the night with an average of 13.04 million viewers, but came in behind Fox in the ratings with a 3.2 18-49 rating, according to Hit Fix. The network started off with The Big Bang Theory, which drew 13.64 million viewers and a 4.5 18-49 rating. Zap2It notes that the episode, which featured the voice of Leonard Nimoy, actually had a better 18-49 rating in the 8-8:30 p.m. slot than Idol. Rules of Engagement, which had been off the air since December, returned to a decent 8.82 million viewers and a 2.8 18-49 rating. Person of Interest dominated the 9 p.m. slot, drawing a huge 14.41 million viewers and a 3.3 18-49 rating. The Mentalist also topped 10 p.m., drawing 13.48 million viewers and a 2.7 rating in the key demographic.

Fox came in second, averaging 12.2 million viewers, but did earn the best 18-49 rating with a 3.5. Idol started the night with 15.27 million viewers, earning a 4.2 18-49 rating. That was the same as last week, notes The Hollywood Reporter. Touch followed with 9.13 million viewers, losing over 2 million viewers. Its 2.5 18-49 rating was a 15 percent drop.

ABC was far back in third with just 4.91 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Missing started off with 7.7 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating, a drop from last week. Repeats of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice followed with 1.2 and 0.9 18-49 ratings, respectively.

NBC came in fourth with just over 3.1 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating. The only good news was that Community drew 3.63 million viewers and a steady 1.7 18-49 rating, so Big Bang’s return didn’t hurt it too much. 30 Rock had the same 1.5 18-49 rating as last week, drawing 3.2 million viewers. For the second straight week, NBC was without a new episode of The Office. A repeat drew just 2.6 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating, while a new Up All Night drew 2.9 million and a 1.3 key demo rating. Awake hit a new low with 3.13 million viewers and a 1.0 18-49 rating.

The CW had new episodes of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, averaging 1.85 million viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating.

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