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Thursday Ratings: ‘Idol’s’ Numbers Continue to Slip, But Fox Continues to Win

Apr 8, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Even with “American Idol’s” numbers off 9% from a week ago and 9% from a year ago in the 18-49 demo, Fox got another easy win in Thursday’s ratings, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox settled for a 4.8 average rating for the night in adults 18-49, easily beating CBS (2.9 average), Univision (1.6), NBC (1.3) and ABC (1.2). Fox also won total viewers, averaging 16.0 million for the night to 12.4 million for CBS, 4.1 million for Univision, 3.9 million for ABC and 2.8 million for NBC.

At 8 p.m. "Idol" logged the highest number of the night in the 18-49 demo, a 6.1 average rating, ahead of CBS’s "The Big Bang Theory" and "Rules of Engagement," with a 3.6 and a 2.5, respectively. CW’s "Vampire Diaries" had a 1.2, and NBC’s last showing of "Perfect Couples," airing at 8:30 p.m., netted a 1.0, both in the 18-49 demo.

At 9 p.m. Fox’s "Bones" was tops with a 3.4 in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "CSI" followed with a 2.8. CW’s "Nikita" managed a 0.7 in the same demo.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by CBS’s "The Mentalist" with a 2.9 in the 18-49 demo, airing against mostly repeats. At 10:30, NBC’s fresh "Outsourced" earned a 1.3 in the same demo.

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