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‘Idol’ Rains on Reiser’s NBC Debut as Fox Rules Thursday Ratings

Apr 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Fox and “American Idol” owned the Thursday night ratings, as Paul Reiser’s new NBC show flopped in its debut, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox finished the night with a 4.9 average rating in the 18-49 demo, crushing NBC (2.1 average), CBS (1.6), Univision (1.3) and ABC (1.3). It was more of the same in total viewers, where Fox averaged 16.5 million to CBS’s 8.5 million, NBC’s 4.6 million, ABC’s 4.4 million and Univision’s 3.2 million.

At 8 p.m. "Idol" had a 6.15 average rating in the 18-49 demographic, while ABC’s "Wipeout" had a mean score of 1.85. CW’s "The Vampire Diaries" had a 1.25 average. NBC’s "Community" and new entry "The Paul Reiser Show" had a 1.4 and a 1.1 average rating, respectively, in the 18-49 demo.

At 9 p.m. NBC’s "The Office" and "Parks & Recreation" netted a 3.9 and a 2.6, respectively, in the 18-49 demo, while Fox’s "Bones" had a 3.7 average. CW’s "Nikita" logged a 0.8 in the same demo.

At 10 p.m. NBC’s "30 Rock" and "Outsourced" had a 2.2 and 1.7, respectively, in 18-49, airing against repeats.

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