TV Ratings: 'American Idol' beats 'Big Bang Theory,' but CBS wins Thursday

idol-hollywood-11.jpgFast national ratings for Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

"American Idol" managed to topple "The Big Bang Theory's" mighty reign Thursday night, pulling in more viewers during the 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. time period than the ratings favorite sitcom. "Idol" nabbed 16.6 million viewers during its first half hour, while "Big Bang" scored 16.0 million. A small difference, sure, but a big victory for "Idol."

For the night, though, CBS still managed to pull ahead with 14.3 million viewers and an 8.7/14 household rating. FOX came in second with 12.2 million (7.2/11), followed by ABC (7.3 million, 4.7/8), NBC (3.9 million, 2.6/4) and The CW (2.4 million, 1.6/2)

Unfortunately for "Idol," the reality hit couldn't tear away "Big Bang's" demo crown, because the CBS sitcom managed to just barely eke out a win in the adults 18-49 demographic, landing a 5.5 to "Idol's" 5.2. For the night, though, FOX finished first with a 4.0, followed by CBS' 3.6, ABC's 2.6, NBC's 1.7 and The CW's 1.0.

8 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (17.9 million viewers, 10.4/17 households)
CBS: "The Big Bang Theory" (16.1 million, 9.7/16); "Rob" (11.0 million, 6.6/10)
ABC: "Wipeout" (5.2 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "30 Rock" (3.9 million, 2.6/4)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (2.96 million, 2.0/3)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (5.7)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Person of Interest" (15.1 million, 9.1/14)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (10.1 million, 6.6/10)
FOX: "The Finder" (6.5 million, 3.9/6)
NBC: "The Office" (5.2 million, 3.2/5); "Up All Night" (3.7 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "The Secret Circle" (1.76 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (3.9)

10 p.m.

CBS: "The Mentalist" (14.3 million, 8.9/15)
ABC: "Private Practice" (6.6 million, 4.6/8)
NBC: "The Voice" repeat (3.5 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader:
"The Mentalist" (2.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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