TV Ratings: 'American Idol' tops, but ugly night all around

By Kyle Johnson,

Despite CBS, the normal Thursday night winner, taking the night off, all other networks still posted disappointing drops in the ratings.

The second night of American Idol gave Fox the rare Thursday night win with an average of 13.18 million viewers and a 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, HitFix reports. But the numbers are a 13 percent drop from Wednesday night and 19 percent in the important younger demographic.

CBS actually came second, managing to post a 1.5 in the demo and 7.22 million viewers on the backs of its repeats. An encore of The Big Bang Theory was right on the first hour of Idol's tail in viewers at 11.89 million and posted a rating of 2.9.

ABC's replacement of The Assets with encores of Shark Tank worked somewhat, as the episodes managed a 1.2 in the ratings, which was double what the period spook show got. For the night ABC averaged a 1.0 rating and 3.3 million viewers. The Taste has seemed fairly unappetizing as the show dropped to a 0.9 in the demo.

NBC saw overall drops from all its new episodes and brought in only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Community dipped slightly to a 1.1 in the 18-49 demo, while Parks and Recreation also stumbled down to a 1.2 rating. Sean Saves the World slipped back down to a 0.8 in the demo and The Michael J. Fox Show fell to an all-time low with a 0.6 rating. Parenthood slid the least and was only down to a 1.2 in the demo.

The CW aired The Critics' Choice Awards and garnered only a 0.4 in the demo and 1.95 million viewers.

image: Fox

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