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Special ‘American Idol’ gives Fox Thursday ratings win, NBC sitcoms reach series lows

By Daniel S Levine,

Thanks to a two-hour American Idol, Fox managed to draw a bigger overall rating on the night than CBS, although a strong The Big Bang Theory pulled CBS ahead in viewers. Elsewhere, NBC had a disastrous night, even with a special Parks & Recreation wedding episode.

CBS averaged 13.5 million viewers and a 3.3 18-49 rating on the night. Big Bang kicked things off with 17.3 million viewers and a 5.4 18-49 rating, making it the highest-rated show last night, notes The Wrap. Two and a Half Men followed with 13.4 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating. Person of Interest came in with just over 14 million viewers and a 2.9 key demo rating. Elementary had 11 million viewers and a 2.3.

According to Deadline, Idol’s two-hour episode drew a 3.9 18-49 rating, an 8 percent jump from last Thursday. It had 13.5 million viewers for Fox.

Like NBC, ABC had a weak night, drawing just 7.16 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating, notes HitFix. Zero Hour fell 21 percent from last week with 5.32 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Grey’s Anatomy helped lift the network though, drawing 8.54 million and a 3.0. Scandal had 7.62 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating.

NBC had just 3.17 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating. Community fell again, drawing just 3 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Both Parks & Rec episodes had around 3 million viewers and drew 1.3 and 1.4 18-49 ratings, respectively. 1600 Penn fell as well, with 2.3 million viewers and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Every show hit a series low for the network.

The CW’s Vampire Diaries jumped to 2.9 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating, beating Community and Zero Hour. Beauty & The Beast had 1.6 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating.

image: CBS

 

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