Fox Holds Thursdays, 'Idol' Still Reigns


The second Thursday in February gave another win to "American Idol" and an overall night win to Fox. But these numbers were a bit lower than the week before.

"Idol" dropped to a Nielsen 7.3 rating/20 share among 18-49 viewers -- two-tenths lower than its numbers a week ago. Fox's "Bones" landed at a still-strong 3.3/8 running after "Idol" -- the same numbers as the previous week.

Overall, Fox was still tops among all networks by a wide margin -- at a 5.3/13, off a tick from the 5.4 rating of a week ago. Second place again went to CBS and ABC -- almost in a virtual tie, with CBS at a 3.0/8 and ABC at a 2.9/8. A week ago, both were at the 3.1 rating mark.

Those networks' main programming guns -- "The Big Bang Theory" and "Grey's Anatomy" -- both lost some luster among viewers. Both shows saw a 3.9 rating among 18-49 viewers, down from a 4.3. "Grey's" scored much higher among young viewers, however, with a 3.4/9 for 18-34 viewers versus a 2.3/7 for "Bang".



Both networks had somewhat similar stories for their hour-long supporting shows. ABC's "Wipeout" went south to a 2.2/6 at 8 p.m. from a 2.5 rating a week ago -- but was up one-tenth of a rating point for its "Private Practice" later in the evening at 10 p.m., to a 2.7/7.

CBS was down to a 2.8/7 for "CSI" at 9 p.m., from a 3.0 rating the week before at 9 p.m.. At 10 p.m., "The Mentalist" improved to 2.9/8 from a 2.8 in its last original outing.

NBC stayed exactly the same as a week ago, with a 2.3/6 for the night.

"The Office" was down a tenth of a rating point to a 3.6/9 from a 3.7 rating. "Parks & Recreation" moved up a bit to a 2.6/7 from a 2.5. There was some hopeful news for its new 8:30 p.m. comedy "Perfect Couples," which gained one-tenth of a rating point, to a 1.5/4 from a 1.4 rating.

The CW lost some ground with "Vampire Diaries," at a 1.2/3 among 18-49 viewers -- down from a 1.5 rating -- and a 1.6/5 with adults 18-34, also down a bit. "Nikita" continued to decline, with a 0.7/2 -- down from a 0.9 rating. Its 18-34 numbers were also at a 0.7/2. For the night, CW took in a 1.0/3 -- down from a 1.2 rating.

Univision was the only big broadcast network to move up on the night -- to a 1.6/4 from a 1.5 rating.

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