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?