“American Idol” slipped in the ratings Thursday night, falling 21% in adults 18-49 from the numbers it scored with its two-hour episode a week ago. But “Idol” still was easily the night’s top show and Fox still took home a comfortable win for the night overall, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.
Fox wound up with a 5.0 average rating for the night in the 18-49 demo, easily outpacing CBS (3.1 average), Univision (1.6), ABC (1.6) and NBC (1.1). Fox also won total viewers, averaging 16.3 million to 12.9 million for CBS, with the other networks far behind. ABC was third with 4.8 million, Univision fourth with 4.1 million and NBC fifth with 2.4 million. The ABC and NBC lineups were made up of all repeats.
At 8 p.m. "Idol" kicked off the evening with a 6.5 average rating in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "The Big Bang Theory" and "Rules of Engagement," had a 3.8 average and a 2.8, respectively, in the same demo.
At 9 p.m. Fox’s "Bones" benefited from the "Idol" lead-in to log a 3.4 average in the 18-49 demo, ahead of CBS’s "CSI" with a 3.1 in the same demo.
A fresh episode of CBS’s "The Mentalist" at 10 p.m. had a 3.0 in the 18-49 demo, up against all reruns.