'American Idol' Widens Gap Vs. 'The Big Bang Theory'
The Hollywood Week Thursday edition of "Idol" was watched last night by 17.9 million viewers with a 5.9 rating among the 18-49 adult demographic, enough to stop a ratings slide and build its viewership 4 percent, reports Entertainment Weekly. That bought the FOX talent search a week in which CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" stayed close, but at least wasn't nipping quite so hard at "Idol" heels. The Emmy-winning sitcom was watched by 16.1 million viewers, with a 5.5 rating.
In a sense, FOX broke even last night. The "Bones" spin-off "The Finder" delivered 6.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating, a 4-percent fall matching the "Idol" gain. Elsewhere on CBS, "Rob!" had another solid week, watched by 11 million viewers for a 3.4 rating. "Person of Interest" had 15.1 million viewers and a 3.3, while "The Mentalist" a similar 14.4 million and a 2.9 number. Both sets of statistics marked season highs for the CBS dramas.
ABC's "Wipeout" plummeted 17 percent to a season-low 5.2 million watchers and a 1.5 rating. "Grey's Anatomy" fell 8 percent and hit 10.1 million viewers and a 3.9, while "Private Practice" held steady with 6.6 million tuning in for a 2.3 rating.
NBC's special one-hour "30 Rock" drew 3.9 million sets of eyes for a 1.6, topping last week's standard half-hour episode by an impressive 23 percent. "The Office" only pulled 5.2 million viewers and a 2.5 rating, an unfortunate milestone 11-percent fall to its lowest-rated week since 2005. "Up All Night" and its 3.7-million viewer, 1.8-rating night held the course, while a 10 PM repeat of "The Voice" grabbed 3.5 million viewers and a 1.5 rating, marking a nine-week high for the hour.
Finally, The CW's "Vampire Diaries" garnered 3 million viewers for a 1.2 rating, while "Secret Circle" made progress with 1.8 million viewers and a 0.8 rating.
To catch up on all you might've missed on "Idol," check out our recaps of the best auditions leading up to the Hollywood Week That Was right here.