RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Dips, ‘Glee’ Returns Strong, ‘Last Resort’ Ends Up, ’30 Rock’ Hits Season Viewership High


The second show of the second week of American Idol (5.1/4) found the judges taking in auditions in Randy Jackson’s hometown of Baton Rogue, LA. The first one-hour episode of Season 12 dominated the demos and was seen by 15.53 million but dipped 6% from the January 17 show’s 8-9 PM slot –  the same drop compared with fast nationals from the January 26, 2012 show. So far, Idol’s season-to-date four-day average is down 12% year-over-year. Over the same period, Season 11 was down 27% compared with Season 10. With a solid Idol as a lead-in, Glee (2.7/7) came raging back from its winter break, up 35% from its last original December 13. With 11.214 million watching, Fox won the night in overall viewers (11.214 million) and the adults 18-49 demo.

ABC’s freshman series Last Resort (1.2/3) wrapped its abbreviated season and run last night. Cancelled in November, the military drama went out strong, up 20% from last week’s series low. Grey’s Anatomy (3.08) was flat with its January 17 show, and political drama Scandal (1.8/5) was a repeat. However, in the encore universe, it was the show’s best repeat, beating out  the January 3 show’s 0.9 rating.

On the second-to-last show of its seven-season run, 30 Rock (1.4/4) rose 8% from last week on NBC. That matches the show’s second-highest rating of the season. With 3.838 million watching, 30 Rock also scored its highest total viewership of the season. In its second week in the 8:30 PM slot, Parks And Recreation (1.7/5) fell 11%. The Office (2.0/5) was also down, with a slip of 5% from its January 17 show. After cratering 25% last week, NBC’s new White House comedy 1600 Penn (1.3/3) saw a slight 8% rise last night. The same could not be said Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.8/2), which fell 27% from last week, tying a season low.

CBS was all encores last night with The Big Bang Theory (3.1/9), Two And A Half Men (2.3/6), Person Of Interest (1.9/5) and Elementary (1.5/4). The Big Bang repeat was the second-most-watched show of the night, pulling in 11.5 million viewers. The CW had The Vampire Diaries (1.3/4) and Beauty And The Beast (0.7/2) last night. Diaries was down 7% form last week, and Beast was up 17% from its last original December 13.

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