Ratings: Parks and Rec Perks Up (Versus Idol!)

American Idol and its reveal of the complete Top 24 was a force to be reckoned with this Thursday night, drawing 21.6 million viewers and a 7.2 rating in the 18-49 demo. Versus a year ago, Fox’s reality juggernaut is up 19 percent in viewers and 11 percent in the demo.

Nonetheless, NBC’s scrappy sitcoms held their own. The most pleasing success story belongs to Parks and Recreation, which despite facing off against the tail end of Idol‘s big night managed to notch a 6 percent gain in viewers and 4 percent bump with the 18-49 crowd. I’d say that nearly makes up for the grilled Portobello mushrooms. What, no?

Similarly, Community kicked off the Peacock’s night with numbers on par with a week ago (3.9 million viewers/a 1.8 rating), as did Perfect Couples (2.96 mi/1.4) and The Office (6.2 mil/3.3).

Elsewhere this Thursday:

8/7c | Opposite Idol‘s first hour, Big Bang Theory (12.5 million total viewers/3.8 rating) saw a small uptick, while Wipeout (7.1 mil/2.2) registered double-digits gains. CBS’ relocated Rules Of Engagement made its Thursdays-at-9:30 debut to 9.63 million viewers, matching $#*! My Dad Says‘ most recent audience and improving on its demos by 8 percent (with a 2.8). Vampire Diaries dipped 7 percent in the demo (to 1.3).

9/8c | CSI was down a few percentage points but still bested Grey’s in total viewers, with 12.48 mil. Grey’s was down 11 percent in both viewers (to 9.1 mil) and the demo (tying The Office with a 3.3). Nikita‘s needs-work demo rating held steady at 0.8, while overall viewership dipped beneath 2 mil.

10/9c | The Mentalist led the hour in both viewers (14.7 mil) and in the demo (slipping 7 percent to a 2.8). Private Practice followed with an audience of 6.7 million and a 2.4 rating. NBC’s 30 Rock (4.51 mil/2.3) delivered double-digit gains in both measures, while Outsourced tied last week’s rating and enjoyed a 6 percent increase in viewers (with 3.4 mil).

What were your Thursday TV-viewing priorities?

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  1. John Berggren says:

    As long as Community survives, I’ll be happy. I watch most of the shows on NBC Thursday, but Community is the one I usually watch just as it airs or just after. Some of the others wait a few days.

    • RP says:

      Agree. Community is my absolute favorite comedy right now. Every episode this season has brought it’s A game and then some (okay, maybe not the Abed meta-Jesus movie one).

      Very happy about Parks & Rec too, last night was hilarious. Sky writing is not always positive, guys.

  2. Joao Amaral says:

    Nikita was great last night.

  3. Lindsay says:

    My Thursday night priorities are The Office, Parks and Rec, and Community. But until I get my own place, I’m stuck watching my parents’ shows on Thursdays since I know how to watch things online and they don’t. I just hate waiting until the next day! (And I may be the only person in America to DESPISE Idol.)

    • Sarah says:

      Don’t worry, you’re not the only person who hates Idol! (And I had to convince my parents that Community was worth their time)

    • Mikos says:

      I don’t hate idol, but I have no interest in it and do not watch.

      Community, 30 rock and the Mentalist are my Thursday night shows. Grey’s has been good soapy fun too.

  4. mawhi says:

    Woohoo! I’m so glad Parks and Rec is taking off (that’s how I’m going to interpret this anyway, deal with it)! This season has been especially great… :-D

  5. Excelda says:

    I hate Perfect Couples. I hate it so much. Sometimes my boyfriend doesn’t change the channel fast enough when it comes on, and I have to scream “NO NO NO NO NO NO NO MAKE IT STOP” until he rectifies that whole situation. I guess I could learn how to use his complicated system of remotes, but yelling is more fun.