‘American Idol’ ratings hit all time low Thursday, CBS and ABC draw top ratings

By Daniel S Levine,

It just keeps getting uglier for American Idol. On Thursday, Fox’s singing competition reached a new all-time low and couldn’t even help Fox win the night in the key demographic. In fact, ABC and CBS tied thanks to Grey’s Anatomy and March Madness.

Fox still managed to eke out a win in total viewers with 7.53 million viewers on the night, but its 2.0 18-49 rating put it behind ABC and CBS. Idol’s hour-long episode garnered just over 11 million viewers and a 2.7 18-49 rating. According to Deadline, that was the lowest rating for any type of Idol episode in its history. It was also down 7 percent from last week’s results show. Raising Hope’s hour-long finale brought down the network’s overall numbers, drawing 4 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating.

ABC came in second with 7 million viewers and a 2.3 18-49 rating, notes The Wrap. Wife Swap fell 18 percent to 4.3 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Grey’s Anatomy also slid to 8.8 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating. Scandal had 8 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating.

CBS’ NCAA March Madness coverage drew 6.9 million viewers and a 2.3 18-49 rating, according to early numbers.

NBC averaged just 2.62 million viewers and a 0.8 18-49 rating, falling behind The CW in the key demo, notes HitFix. The network’s only new episodes were the final episodes of 1600 Penn. Both episodes had under 2 million viewers and a 0.7 18-49 rating, so don’t expect that show to come back.

The CW’s Vampire Diaries had 2.43 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating, while Beauty and the Beast had 1.55 million and a 0.6 rating.

Univision beat NBC with 3.52 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating.

image: Fox

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