FOX rode American Idol to a Thursday night ratings victory, albeit a narrow one and while CBS was in rerun mode. Rake premiered to less than stellar numbers.
For the night, FOX averaged a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers. CBS was second (1.9, 7.8 million), followed by ABC (1.1, 3.9 million.
NBC (1.0, 3.2 million) and the CW (0.9, 2.2 million) finished fourth and fifth.
While CBS aired no original programming, it still averaged the most overall viewers at various points throughout the evening, which says a lot ... about Idol.
Here's the rundown on last night's ratings ...
The Big Bang Theory (repeat) 12.8 million
American Idol: 12.1 million
Community / Parks & Recreation: 3 million
The Taste: 3.8 million
The Vampire Diaries: 2.7 million
The Crazy Ones / Two and a Half Men (repeats): 7.9 million
Rake: 7.1 million
The Taste: 4.1 million
Sean Saves the World / The Michael J. Fox Show": 2.4 million
Reign: 1.8 million
Elementary (repeat): 7.6 million
Parenthood: 4.3 million
Shark Tank: 3.9 million
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