‘Idol’ Dominates But ABC Holds Firm on Thursday Night Ratings in 18-49 Demo

Mar 12, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Kicking off Thursday night with an 8 o’clock results show, "American Idol" had the best numbers of the night, with an average 6.25 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to TVByTheNumbers.

CBS’s "Survivor" had a mean 3.6 rating in the same demo, ahead of NBC’s "Community" and "Parks & Recreation" with a 1.9 and 2.1 respectively in the 18-49 demo.

ABC soared at nine with "Grey’s Anatomy" getting an average 3.9 in the 18-49 demo, while CBS’s "CSI" had a 3.35 average, and NBC’s "The Office" earned a 3.8 in the 9-9:30 slot.

"30 Rock" got a 2.9 in the bottom of the hour. Fox’s "Kitchen Nightmares" had a 3.15 average for the hour.

CBS’s "The Mentalist," with a 3.4 in the 18-49 demo, was tops for the 10 o’clock hour, surpassing ABC’s "Private Practice" with a 2.8 and Seinfeld’s "The Marriage Ref" on NBC stayed close with a 2.6 in the 18-49 demo.


  1. Idol must have solid musically knowledgeable judges or it loses it’s original credibility as a “talent search” show in the true sense of the concept. Unqualified judges are inadequate in the professional realm to have expert knowledge to use deciding who is the best deserving of the music contracts (awards, etc) from winning at American Idol. Only people like Simon, Paula, Randy or Elton who know this business well should sit on this panel.

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