The American Idol result show (6.1/19 in adults 18-49, 20.6 million viewers), which sent frontrunner (and fifth consecutive female contestant) Pia Toscano packing, was down 9% from last week in the adults 18-49 demographic. Bones (3.4/9) returned to the Fox lineup up 3% from its last original March 17.
Also offering all-originals last night were CBS and the CW. It was a ratings seesaw on CBS, with The Big Bang Theory (3.6/12) down 3% from last week, Rules of Engagement (2.5/8) up 4%, CSI (2.8/8) down 3% and The Mentalist (2.9/8) up 4%.
The CW dramas The Vampire Diaries (2.7 million, 1.2/4 in 18-34) and Nikita (1.8 million, 0.6/2) came back from another very long break down from their last originals. TVD was down 10% in total viewers and 14% in 18-34, Nikita slipped 14% in viewers and a tenth in 18-34.
NBC’s doomed freshman comedies Perfect Couples (1.0/3, flat) and Outsourced (1.3/4, down 13% from March 24 for a series low) were the only originals in a sea of reruns. We may have seen the last of Perfect Couples, which is being replaced by The Paul Reiser Show starting next week. Fox (4.8/14, 16 million) easily won the night, followed by CBS (2.9/8, 12.4 million) and Univision (1.6/5, 4.1 million)
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