Ratings: Awake Rouses a Decent Audience, American Idol Hits a Thursday High

NBC’s Awake premiered to a good if not great audience on Thursday night, drawing 6.2 million total viewers and scoring a 1.9 rating opposite CBS and ABC repeats.

NBC notes, though, that Awake gave the network its best non-sports rating in the Thursdays-at-10 slot since May 19, 2011, and its largest non-sports audience since April 15, 2010. The Peacock also points out that the 1.9 rating represents a 58 percent improvement on its season average (1.2) in the time period.

Opposite those CBS/ABC repeats, Awake led the hour in the demo but fell shy of the warmed-over Mentalist (8.9 mil) in total viewers.

For further comparison’s sake, some other NBC freshman tallies:
• Prime Suspect premiere: 6 million total viewers, 1.8 rating
Prime Suspect‘s final Thursday airing: 4.4 mil, 1.0
Grimm premiere: 6.5 mil, 2.1 (on a Friday)
The Firm premiere: 6.2 mil, 1.4 (on a Sunday)
The Firm‘s final Thursday airing: 3 mil, 0.8.

So there’s that.

American Idol: Michael Slezak Weighs In on the Top 13

Elsewhere, American Idol woke up to some good if qualified news, delivering its largest Thursday audience of Season 11 — 18.3 million viewers (up 17 percent) — with Big Bang Theory riding the pine. Idol‘s demo rating of 5.3 marks an 18-percent bump.

And lastly, on the sitcom front:
* With its table-setter in repeat mode, CBS’ Rob (9 mil/2.6) dropped double digits.
* Over on NBC, 30 Rock (3.8 mil/1.4), The Office (5 mil/2.5) and Up All Night (3.5 mil/1.6) all slipped a tenth in the demo, while Parks and Rec (3.8 mil/1.7) saw an 11 percent gain in audience.

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