It was a night of exits and lows on TV on Thursday. Last night’s one-hour live results show on American Idol (3.0/10) — which saw the first Top 10 finalist eliminated and a very short protest by judge Nicki Minaj because of it — was down 9% from last week’s final ratings results. It marked a series low for a regularly scheduled edition of Idol. The Fox singing competition wasn’t the only show to sink to new lows last night: Back with a new episode after three weeks, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy took a 17% tumble to hit a series low. On NBC, Community (1.0/4) cratered 33% from last week’s show to hit its series low. And CBS’ Two And A Half Men (3.3/10) was down 15% form last week to hit a series low too.
CBS’ night was preempted in several markets due to ACC and SEC basketball tournaments, and ratings are likely to be adjusted in the final numbers more than usual. Back with a full-loaded Thursday lineup, the network kicked off as usual with The Big Bang Theory (4.5/15). The science geek sitcom had a rougher than usual ride, falling 18% to tie its season low. Person Of Interest (2.9/8) bopped up 4%, while a new Elementary (2.4/7) was flat with its last original February 21. With all that, CBS won the night in total viewers with 13.371 million watching and the adults 18-49 demographic. (more…)