Fox’s hourlong American Idol (8.9/24 in adults 18-49, 24.9 million) once again held steady, down 3% in the demo from last Wednesday’s two-hour episode and up 3% vs. that episode’s comparable 8-9 PM hour. What is probably even more important for Fox is that, while Idol started off down by double digits from its last season, it has now pulled even. Compared to last year’s third Tuesday episode, last night’s show was flat in 18-49 and up 2% in viewers. If only the 8-9 PM hour of last year’s episode is counted, last night’s 8-9 PM episode was slightly up.
Following its surprisingly strong performance on Monday, Human Target disappointed last night despite posting its best numbers in a year, 2.6/7 in 18-49. That was up from the 2.1 rating the show pulled on Monday at 8 PM but it had no lead-in there and the largest possible lead-in, Idol, last night. Then again, scripted shows don’t do well behind Idol. Still, in its first airing after Idol on Thursday, Bones averaged a so-so 46% retention. Human Target‘s was 29%.
In a rare occurrence this season, it was all good news for NBC last night. A two-hour Minute To Win It (2.4/6) was up a whopping 71% from its hourlong edition last week, while Law & Order: SVU (2.9/8) was up 26% vs. its last original 2 weeks ago. Minute grew steadily throughout the two hours and set a season high for NBC in the 9 PM hour (3.0).
SVU was the dominant player in the demo at 10 PM, with ABC’s Off the Map (1.8/5) flat with last week’s series low and CBS’ Blue Bloods (1.6/5) dropping an alarmingly 20% from last week when it aired after an original Criminal Minds vs. a repeat last night. The cop drama starring Tom Selleck tied its lowest demo rating ever. CBS had a rough night all around, with Live To Dance (1.0/3) barely registering against Idol, flat with last week’s series low.
Good news for ABC’s Cougar Town. After last week’s season low, the mini-finale (Cougar Town goes on hiatus to make room for new comedy Mr. Sunshine) of the series starring Courtney Cox posted a 2.7/7 in 18-49, up 35% from last week. It was a clean ratings bump as both weeks, Cougar Town‘s lead-in was a repeat of Modern Family.
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