'Idol' Reigns As Season Nears End


Ready for the final push into the season-ending May period, Fox kept up its dominant ways with "American Idol" taking most of a mid-April Thursday's rating points.

Fox averaged a Nielsen 4.9 rating/14 share among 18-49 viewers, this was a one-tenth rating point less versus a week ago. While "Idol" has been under its seasonal average for viewership in its results shows versus a year ago, the show earned a 6.2/19 -- the same rating number as a week ago.

The second-best-rated shows of the night were two 9 p.m. shows -- Fox's "Bones" and NBC's "The Office" in a tie at a 3.9 rating/11 share among 18-49 viewers. ABC's "Grey Anatomy" and CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" were in repeats, helping out "Bones" and "The Office."

Networks shifted around repeats this week from last week. NBC had originals, for example, while CBS was in reruns the entire night. ABC was also in repeats -- except for "Wipeout," which earned a 1.7/6, this versus a not-much-better 1.5 rating a week before with a rerun.



NBC had "Community" with a 1.4/5, down 22% from its last original. But the worst news was that NBC had one of its alums from its 1990s heyday, Paul Reiser, offer up a new series, "The Paul Reiser Show." The comedy ra a microscopic 1.1/3 running at 8:30 p.m. after "Community."

NBC's "Parks & Recreation" had a 2.6/7 at 9:30 p.m. up 8% from its last original episode; "30 Rock" at a 2.2/6, up 16%; and "Outsourced" at 1.7/5, up 21%.

CW didn't move much: "Vampire Diaries" at a 1.2/4 in 18-49 viewers and 1.3/5 in 18-34. "Nikita" was at a lower 0.8/2 in 18-49 viewers and 0.7/2 in 18-34. In the bigger demo, NBC came in at second place for the night after Fox, with a 2.2/6. CBS scored a 1.6/5; ABC and Univision tied with a 1.3/4; CW reached a 1.0/3.

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