Ending its three-night live round, American Idol (3.5/10) pared it down to the final 10 contestants of Season 12 on Thursday. Spilling two minutes over, the scheduled 90-minute live show had a lot of Ryan Seacrest shuttling back and forth to the holding room to bring the lucky ones back on stage. It also had a mixed bag of ratings results. While last night’s Idol dipped 5% from last week’s two-hour show, it went up 6% in total viewers from 12.2 million to 12.9 million. Expect adjustments upward in the final numbers. After Idol, there was more singing as a new Glee (2.5/7) went to the movies last night as the students of McKinley High pulled tunes from the big screen, including a show stopping Tom Cruise homage. With a bit of Idol overrun to help fuel it, the one-hour episode featured the series’ 500th song but it also starred a rocketing 47% rise over the last original on February 14, 2013.
As is often the case, The Big Bang Theory (5.4/16) was the most watched show of the night on Thursday. Even though it slipped 4% from its last original two weeks ago, the geek sitcom pulled in 17.43 million viewers. With 13.56 million people watching, Two And A Half Men (3.9/11) was even with its last new show on February 21. However, the other Chuck Lorre show of the night did have a first of its own Thursday as it pulled ahead of Idol in the 18-49 demo for the first time. Person Of Interest (2.8/8) dipped 3% from its last original two weeks ago to tie its season low. CBS ended its night with a repeat of Elementary (1.6/5). With 12.868 million watching, CBS won the night in terms of total viewers but Fox took the top spot in the Adults 18-49 demographic.
After a rocky two weeks of series lows, including one where it didn’t have to face a new Big Bang Theory, Community(1.5/5) rose 25% on Thursday. That was followed by repeats of Parks And Recreation (1.0/3) and The Office (1.0/3). A new 1600 Penn (0.9/2) matched its series low of last week. Filling that slot left vacant by the quick cancellation of Do No Harm back on February 8, NBC finished the night with a Law & Order: SVU (1.0/3) repeat which was up a tenth from the encore last week. ABC had all repeats with Shark Tank (1.2/3), Grey’s Anatomy (1.1/3) and Scandal (1.0/3). The CW ran encores of The Vampire Diaries (0.4/1) and Beauty and the Beast (0.3/1)