TV ratings: 'American Idol' and 'Awake' down, 'Big Bang Theory' wins with 18-49 demo

michael-britten-awake-nbc.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, March 8, 2012

"American Idol" was down this week with its results show, and "The Big Bang Theory" gave the FOX hit a run for its money during the 8 p.m. hour, winning out in the 18-49 demographic.

NBC's "Awake" was down nearly 2 million viewers in its second episode, up against a new episode of "The Mentalist" on CBS, while "Parks and Recreation" -- with its winter finale -- and "The Office" held steady with their numbers. "30 Rock" meanwhile saw a bit of a drop.

CBS grabbed the top spot among total viewers, averaging 14.5 million and a 9.0 rating/14 share in households. FOX (12.1 million, 7.3/11) came in second ahead of ABC (4.2 million, 2.7/4), NBC (4.05 million, 2.5/4) and The CW (1.03 million, 0.7/1).

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX and CBS tied with a 3.6 rating. NBC had a 1.8, ABC 1.4 and The CW 0.4.

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