Thursday Ratings: American Idol Falls Despite Save

Ratings are in from TVByTheNumbers

FOX topped the night’s adults 18-49 rating, even as American Idol’s 3.9 adults 18-49 rating matched its series low for a results show, down 9% vs. last week’s 4.3 rating. At 9pm, Touch kept falling, down 9% to a series/season low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week’s 2.3  rating.

The Voice: Results 3.3 9 8.860
Dancing with the Stars: Results 2.5 7 14.170

The buzz around Jessica Sanchez’s surprise boot and save did not entice more viewers to tune into this week’s Idol results show.  Idol continues to best The Voice and Dancing with the Stars comparable episodes in the demo, although once again, DWTS edges out Idol for viewers.J


FOX American Idol 3.9 13 14,586
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.5 9 9,250
ABC Missing 1.3 4 7,079
NBC Community 1.3 5 2,909
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0 3 2,179


CBS Rules of Engagement 2.2 7 7,730
NBC 30 Rock 1.5 5 3,155


ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.2 9 9,651
NBC The Office 2.2 6 4,314
FOX Touch 2.1 6 7,345
CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.5 4 8,664
CW The Secret Circle 0.5 1 1,112


NBC Parks & Recreation 1.8 5 3,534


ABC Scandal 2.1 6 7,351
CBS The Mentalist -R 1.5 4 8,177
NBC Awake 0.8 2 2,741

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  • Valentin432

    We’re back to the numbers from 2 weeks ago (probably a little higher with the final adjustment).

    Last week was special because both Seacrest and Nigel went on and on about the shocker during the day, while  this week they never mentioned it before the telecast.

  • Joseph

    I’m shocked by the ZERO news stories this year about how broadcast television IS DYING.

    These ratings systems are archaic. Every week we see lower and lower scores. a 2.0 is considered STRONG nowadays when it was a death sentence years ago.

    Why aren’t there ANY articles about this?

    We are witnessing a complete change in the way we watch our media.

  • Pam

    It’s definitely true that last night’s elimination show didn’t care the buzz and shock and awe factor of last week so to see the drop isn’t really surprising.  

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Jessica Sanchez is that exciting to the general audience. Pia getting booted last year actual got some major buzz. Even if Jessica had been booted, I don’t think it would have been much of a story.

    Idol is certainly doing fine but I don’t think any of the contestant getting the boot would affect the ratings much.

  • Roger Kramjet

    I would have thought that Kris’s performance would have helped the show in the ratings. :(

  • lisakn

    I hope ratings don’t get so low they cancel it. I always look forward to American Idol and Big Brother.

  • Pam

    Here are last night’s final adjusted ratings from tvbythenumbers.

    American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy, Awake and Missing repeat each were adjusted up a tenth while Scandal and Parks and Recreation were adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Thursday’s preliminary numbers.

    8:00PM FOX American Idol 4.0 13 14.990

  • Stefan Wind

    Nobody really cares about B.B. Chez in America except for her fans overseas. She deserved the save last week, but we’ve had better girls in the last few years who haven’t gotten the recognition she has so far. I think that leaves a bitter taste in a lot of Idol fan’s mouths.