Ratings: Nikita Still Straddling Renewal Bubble

Not for a lack of sex, guns and rock-n-roll, The CW’s Nikita still struggles to make a case for hopping off that renewal bubble and securing a Season 2 pickup. With its first fresh episode in six weeks, the action-drama was welcomed back by 1.78 million total viewers (down 11 percent from Feb. 24) and matched its low 0.7 demo rating – and mind you, lead-in Vampire Diaries is starting off the night with a comparatively robust 1.2 rating.

The CW notes, though, that Nikita was up 13 percent among women 18-49 aka the network’s sweet spot. Still, let’s hope some more eyeballs show up next week.

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As for Thursday’s other bubble shows, NBC’s Perfect Couples wrapped up its truncated freshman run with 2.26 million viewers and a 1.0 rating, on par with its previous outing, while Outsourced closed the Peacock’s night with 2.9 mil/1.3, dropping 13 percent in the demo.

Elsewhere this Thursday:

8/7c | American Idol‘s so-sad results show was witnessed by 20.65 million viewers and scored a 6.1 rating, down a few percentage points week-to-week. The Big Bang Theory held steady at 11.24 mil/3.6, while Vampire Diaries returned to an audience of 2.75 mil and a 1.2 rating, down 7 percent from its last fresh eppy.

9/8c | The presence of Lady Heather (and absence of a new Grey’s Anatomy) goosed CSI‘s numbers a few percentage points to 12.6 million viewers/2.9, while Bones dipped a bit to 11.28 mil/3.3.

10/9c | The Mentalist, featuring V-ery special Visitor Morena Baccarin (I am nothing if not subtle) enjoyed gains of 5 percent, hitting 14.7 million viewers and a 3.0 rating.

What were you tuned into this Thursday?