Ratings: Bones Stays Hot On a Cool Thursday

On an aprés-Daylight Saving Time Thursday where overall TV viewership was down, shows such as Bones and Community nonetheless built on their previous audiences.

In a well-touted episode helmed by series lead David Boreanaz, Bones gained 8 percent in total audience, hitting 12 million viewers, and matched its time slot-winning, week-ago demos (3.4).

Similarly, NBC’s just-renewed Community delivered its largest audience since February 3, rising 8 percent to 4.22 million viewers.

One more gainer in total audience was NBC bubble comedy Outsourced, which capped the Peacock’s night with 3.64 million viewers (up 7 percent).

Elsewhere on Thursday:

* American Idol‘s results show drew 19 million viewers and a 5.6 demo rating, down double digits from a week ago.

* CBS’ NCAA tourney coverage averaged 4.75 million viewers for the night, and a 1.6 rating.

* Borrowing Grey’s Anatomy‘s time slot, Private Practice dipped 9 percent in audience from its last outing (with 6 million viewers) and plunged 23 percent in the demo (to a 1.9).

* NBC’s also-renewed Parks and Recreation built on its Office repeat lead-in (with 4.06 million viewers), yet couldn’t help but drop 25 percent in the demo (to a 1.8). In turn, a love-it-or-hate-it episode of 30 Rock got socked in the demos, pulling a 1.7.

What was your Thursday TV of choice?