Ratings: Glee Gets Idol Boost, 30 Rock Hits a High, Beast Rises, Last Resort Finishes Up

Seeing RedFox’s Glee, as expected, enjoyed a nice li’l ratings boost this Thursday with American Idol back in the mix, drawing its best numbers since this season’s second episode (airing Sept. 20).

In total audience, Glee rose 31 percent (to 6.9 million viewers), while in the demo it surged 35 percent (to a 2.7 rating).

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Idol itself opened the night with 15.53 mil/5.1, dipping 5 and 9 percent week-to-week. Through its first four outings, Idol is off just 12 percent from the same stretch in Season 11.

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ABC’s Last Resort (5.4 mil/1.2) finished on an up note, rising 6 and 20 percent. (HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall has a nice post mortem with Shawn Ryan.) Leading out of that, Grey’s Anatomy (8.9 mil/3.0) was flat week-to-week, and again was outdrawn by a repeat of Person of Interest (10 mil). Scandal saw its best rerun numbers ever, with 5.7 mil/1.8.

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The penultimate episode of NBC’s 30 Rock (3.84 mil/1.4) was up 12 percent and a tenth, delivering a season-high audience/its largest since March 15, 2012. Parks and Recreation (3.9 mil/1.7) dipped two tenths, though NBC notes that it’s given the network its two best demo deliveries in the time slot since March 15. The Office (4.2 mil/2.o) ticked down a tenth, 1600 Penn (3.3 mil/1.3) rose a tenth.

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Over on The CW, The Vampire Diaries (2.74 mil/1.3) dipped 7 percent, while Beauty and the Beast (1.82 mil/0.7) returned up 14 and 17 percent, doing its best numbers since Nov. 8.

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26 Comments
  1. AT says:

    Good for BATB! Hopefully it will continue to rise. :)

  2. Shireen says:

    BATB’s episode last night was def one of its best. There is also clearly more to Evan than meets the eye.

  3. Jay says:

    Good for BatB but last night episode wasn’t so good I think.

  4. Boiler says:

    Gret news for Glee but will be interested to see how it works out next week when i think CBS back to first run

  5. Jared says:

    Talk about a series that gets better with each episode,last nights Beauty & the Beast did an amazing job setting up the second half of the season. Hopefully this series continues on the upward trend.

  6. Dulci says:

    Good news for BATB. I enjoy this show more with each episode. They sure know how to take you on an emotional ride for 60 minutes. I hope more people give it a chance, it is great fun.

    • Kim R says:

      I agree! I am so enjoying the series and how they have brought the “beast” aspect this time as opposed to the original series. I don’t think the original would fly today. But can Kat and Vincent kiss already!! If they are not going to have them kiss yet then for goodness sake, stop having them come so obviously close to it week after week. Just my 2 cents. :)

  7. mspenn1013 says:

    Now that Last Resort is over can we get Andre Braugher on a show like ‘The Good Wife”? He needs to continue to be on my TV!!

  8. Jessi says:

    Good for Grey’s Anatomy still going steady

  9. Mary says:

    I agree, nice job BATB – I like that there are more levels to Vincent than meets the eye, and Evan too.

  10. :-) says:

    Enjoy it because the big bang returns next week and every show competing at that time slot will drop

  11. zakspeak says:

    Last Resort could have made a great TV movie or 3-night miniseries.

    Don’t know why TPTB continue to try to stretch limited series potential ideas into a 13-eps and you’re out series. Many “failures” could have been ratings (and ad revenues) winners.

    Even though I wanted to see more, Political Animals is a good example: interesting idea, great cast with a potentially limited audience made a winning mini.

  12. Claudia says:

    BATB episode yesterday, breath taking and emotional wreckage … we #beasties were emotionally wasted last night !! Good show!

  13. Pickles says:

    The office ratings are wrong.

  14. Claudia says:

    Also, thank you Matt, I sense you are a #beastie as well, because you always put up a picture our beloved #Beast or #Beauty….love you for that!!! :P

  15. jjovana3 says:

    Vampire Diaries slump does not surprise me. Worst season by far.
    I am happy with BATB. Great episode! I was literally screaming at my TV when Vincent…SPOILER….kissed his ex in front of Cat then went back to her like nothing happened. Cat was so broken but handled the whole situation with dignity and class. Great show!

  16. #BatBwriters are terrific. They know what the #Beasties want and they deliver. Last night’s episode was jam-packed with action, emotions, and everything else. Can’t wait to see what develops next for this talented cast.

    • Jenn says:

      That is not what I wanted to happen at all….. Can’t wait til Alex goes away and Vincent better never lie to her again . Hopefully even better ratings next week though.

  17. sarah says:

    I still like the Vampire Diaries, not sure why people are turning their backs!

  18. Sarah says:

    Happy about Beauty and The Beast, this series is seriously a under dog and a very under rated series! People don’t know what they’re missing!

  19. linruss says:

    Love BATB. Anyone besides me think Cat should take up with Dr. David, her therapist? I like him and he understands her, which she wants and deserves. More Dr. David!

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