The second week of ABC’s Zero Hour (1.1/3) saw nightmares of Nazis, more secrets revealed and the Book of Revelation consulted. The new conspiracy drama also the ratings spiral downward. Coming off the lowest-rated in-season debut ever for a scripted show on ABC, the Anthony Edwards show fell 21% from last week. With a 1.3/4, the CW’s 8 PM The Vampire Diaries actually beat both Zero Hour and NBC’s Community (1.1/3) and the 8:30 PM Parks And Recreation (1.3/4) among the key 18-49 demographic for the hour. The CW show was up a strong 30% from last week while the NBC comedies were down 8% and 13% from last week respectively. Thursday also saw series’ lows for both NBC comedies. Beauty And The Beast (0.6/1) was also up on the CW. The show rose 20% from last week’s 0.5/1 fast nationals.
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The most watched show of the night with 17.35 million viewers, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (5.4/16), slipped a slight 2% from last week while Two And A Half Men (3.9/11) rose a tad 3%. Person Of Interest (2.9/8) was down 3% and Elementary (2.3/6) was even with last week’s show. Last night’s atypical two-hour 8 – 10 PM American Idol (3.9/10) stayed in sudden death mode like the night before, eliminating five male contestants. The series bopped up 8% last night from the 3.6/11 fast nationals of last week’s one-hour airing. Idol also saw a 10% rise in viewers, up to 13.50 million from 12.3 million last week. On-air, things are looking dire as Seattle Grace-Mercy West hospital seeks investors on Grey’s Anatomy (3.0/8). However in ratings, things were looking up a bit, with the show rising 7% from the series low of its February 14 show. Ending primetime for ABC last night Scandal (2.7/7) was flat with last week. CBS topped the night in total viewers with Fox winning the 18-49 demo.
Three weeks into its fourth season, Community did have some good news with the show’s viewership rising 12% from its Valentine’s Day episode, up 3.078 million viewers from 2.760 million. The 9 PM episode of Parks And Recreation (1.4/4) was down 7% from last week’s 8:30 PM airing of the series. 1600 Penn (1.0/3) was back after two weeks but the time off didn’t seem to help the struggling political comedy. Thursday’s episode was down 9% from the freshman show’s last original on February 7 to hit a season low. In the slot that was supposed to be occupied by the quickly cancelled Do No Harm, NBC ended the night with a Law & Order: SVU (1.1/3) repeat which scored the best rating in the slot in five weeks.
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