Ratings: American Idol Night 2 On Par With a Year Ago, Relocated Parks Perks Up

American Idol Premiere RatingsNight 2 of American Idol‘s Season 12 premiere week drew 16.2 million total viewers and a 5.6 demo rating on Thursday night, down 9 and 7 percent from this cycle’s Wednesday launch and off just 9 percent and a tenth from Season 11’s second outing.

(Fox would like to note that comparing Premiere Weeks, Idol Season 12 bested The Voice Season 3 by 40-plus percent.)

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Facing off against Idol, The Vampire Diaries returned to 2.9 mil and a 1.4, adding some viewers and a tenth in the demo, while relocated Parks and Recreation scored a 1.9 rating — up 27 percent from its last 9:30 broadcast to match its best demo since November of 2011 and marking NBC’s best number in the 8:30 slot since March 2012.

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* The next-to-last Last Resort opened ABC’s night with 5 mil/1.0, down 14 and 17 percent week-to-week. Grey’s Anatomy led out of that with 8.7 million total viewers (down 7 percent and beat by a Person of Interest repeat) and a 2.9 rating (down 9 percent(to a season low). Scandal (8 mil/2.6) dipped 5 percent and two tenths from last week’s all-time highs.

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* With Idol in the mix, NBC’s 30 Rock (3.5 mil/1.3) was down 8 percent and two tenths, The Office (4.15 mil/2.1) dipped 9 percent and a tenth and 1600 Penn (3.04 mil/1.2) plunged 21 and 25 percent.

* The CW’s second Carrie Diaries pilot encore added 1.15 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating.

What were you watching this Thursday? (And yes, Oprah Vs. Lance counts as cable.)