Thursday Ratings: Fox Cruises to Big Win as ‘Idol’ Rises

Apr 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Fox scored a big ratings win Thursday night, thanks to a strong performance by “American Idol,” which was up 5% from a week earlier in the key 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox averaged a 5.2 rating for the night in adults 18-49, well ahead of ABC (3.1 average), CBS (2.9), Univision (1.6) and NBC (1.1). Fox also had a sizable lead in total viewers, averaging 16.4 million to 12.1 million for CBS, 8.9 million for ABC, 4.1 million for Univision and 2.4 million for NBC.

At 8 p.m. "Idol" averaged a 6.7 in the 18-49 demo, compared with CBS’s "The Big Bang Theory" and "Rules of Engagement" scoring a 3.6 and a 2.3, respectively, in the same demo. ABC’s "Wipeout" trailed for the hour with a mean score of 1.9 in the same demo.

At 9 p.m. ABC’s special musical episode of "Grey’s Anatomy" averaged a 4.75 in the 18-49 demo, while Fox’s Howie Mandel special "Mobbed" had a 3.8 in the same demo. CBS’s "CSI" logged an average of 2.75 in the 18-49 demo.

The 10 p.m. hour was taken by CBS’s "The Mentalist" with a 2.8 in the 18-49 demo, just ahead of ABC’s "Private Practice" with a 2.75 average for the hour in the same demo.

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