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'Idol' Wins Thursday While NBC's Comedies Return

April 11, 2008 11:46 AM

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NBC welcomed back its Thursday night lineup to on-par ratings, while a special Thursday “Idol” took the night.

NBC’s comedy block returned after its writers strike hiatus, with “The Office” (4.8/12) tying its highest rating since the September season premiere. “30 Rock” (2.7/7) and “Scrubs” (3.4/8) both returned to near their pre-strike fall average. “My Name is Earl” (3.0/9) was down slightly, 6%, from last week’s post-strike premiere.

Fox’s “American Idol” pulled down a 6.8 rating/19 share in the 18-49 year old age group, according to preliminary Nielsen data, tying Wednesday’s “Idol Gives Back.” Yesterday’s “Idol” tied the lowest-rated telecast of the show since May 2005.

Fox’s “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” followed with a 4.0/10, up 43% from its prior season average. The network finished first for the night with a 5.4/14.

On CBS (4.5/12), “Survivor: Micronesia” (3.8/11) hit an all-time Thursday low, (not counting Thanksgiving airings). “CSI” (5.7/14) fell slightly from last week, while “Without a Trace” (3.9/11) was flat.

A two-hour block of “Desperate Housewives” repeats dominated the ABC (1.6/4) lineup, with “Eli Stone” (1.9/5) bringing up the rear. “Stone” posted a 19% gain over its lowest rating ever last week.

The CW was in repeats, posting a 0.7/2.


Odds and Ends:

-SkyNet failed. Which is to say that TiVo was wrong wrong wrong yesterday in predicting that Syesha Mercado would get the boot last night on “American Idol.” The DVR company yesterday touted that it could call “Idol” losers by using second-by-second viewer data. TiVo guessed Ms. Mercado was getting cut, but America told Michael Johns to scram.

If TiVo can’t guess who sucks the most on “American Idol,” how is the Internet going to guess the next president?

Obama supporters may want to worry, as Matt Pace at Internet site tracker Compete just called the Democratic primary in a landslide for Obama using Web traffic stats to Sen. Obama’s and Sen. Clinton’s respective hubs on the Web.

- On tap to return to originals next week: ABC brings back “Desperate Housewives” back on Sunday. “Rules of Engagement” returns on CBS on Monday. “Bones,” “’Til Death” and “Back to You” reemerge on the Fox schedule, while “Law & Order: SVU” rolls in on NBC.

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