Ratings: Parks and Rec Does Great Outdoors

Consider those pesky Daylight Savings doldrums over. On a busy night in which every fresh piece of prime-time programming saw increases, Parks and Recreation was the biggest gainier, surging 28 percent in total viewers (to 5.2 mil) and 39 percent in the coveted 18-49 demo (with a 2.5).

Of course, having a particularly solid Office outing as a lead-in didnt hurt. Michael’s big, romantic gesture was witnessed by north of 7 million total viewers (up 14 percent) and scored a 3.4 demo rating.

Elsewhere this Thursday:

* American Idol‘s Top 11 “results” show drew 20.75 million total viewers and a 6.2 rating, up 10 percent week-to-week.

* CBS’ NCAA tourney coverage averaged 7.15 million viewers and a 2.5 rating.

* In the 8 o’clock hour, NBC’s Community drew 4.5 mil and a 1.8 rating (up 6 percent), while the soon-to-be-displaced Perfect Couples saw double-digit gains (3.42 mil/1.6).

* Grey’s Anatomy‘s pre-musical episode delivered 10.1 million viewers and a 3.6 rating, up about 10 percent in each measure. Lead-out Private Practice (8 mil/2.7) then saw gains of 19 and 10 percent from its most recent Thursday-at-10 outing.

* NBC’s 30 Rock (4.41 mil/2.0) and Outsourced (3.64 mil/1.5) enjoyed demo gains of 18 and 7 percent, respectively.

What were you watching this Thursday?

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  1. Kt says:

    Community! I love the show so much, but I really wish they would move it closer to the Office and P&R. I think the ratings would be a lot better if the strong shows were grouped together since I hear a lot of people hate the half hour fillers between the big 4 so they wait to watch Community. It’s already renewed though so I can’t complain too much!

    • Brett says:

      NO. I do NOT want COMMUNITY anywhere near THE OFFICE or PARKS AND REC. Those last two shows go together well. I tried to watch COMMUNITY once and couldn’t sit through an entire episode…

      • Jai says:

        Yes, ignore all the history and wide fanbase based on your attempt to watch one episode… as long as they keep it renewed, I’m happy. I adore Parks and Rec, but Community is the most ambitious show on TV right now.

      • John says:

        I gave up on Community after one episode, too…and then, later that year, I watched another one. Then another. And then it became the first show I watch off the DVR on Thursday nights.

        Basically, Community grew a lot over its first year. I’d be like you basing your entire opinion of Parks and Recreation on a season 1 episode.

      • Annie says:

        Brett, Did anyone mention breaking up your shows? No. I’m fairly certain moving Community closer won’t damage your precious combo or your ability to randomly CAPITALIZE words.

    • ScrubsGuy says:

      YES! Lead with the Office, then Community, P&R and 30 Rock. That’s a solid 2 hours of programming. The Office will likely take a hit in ratings next year when it goes Michael Scott-less, so might as well put it against The Big Bang Theory and let the other shows build a stronger base.

  2. aldaryn says:

    Perfect Couples was pretty good, actually. That show was really starting to get its legs…too bad.

  3. topoopon says:

    I think it’s obvious, most of us just want our 2 hr. comedy block back. The order shoud go: 1. Community, 2. P&R, 3. The Office, and 4. 30 Rock.

    • Pete says:

      I agree!! I don’t necessarily watch all of the rest but I think they will all benefit from being together rather than hoping people will be too lazy to switch the channel during stuff like PC and Outsourced!