TV ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Awake' down, 'Scandal' premieres well

american-idol-4-5-ratings-fox.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, April 5, 2012

FOX's "American Idol" results show was down this week -- 13.79 million viewers compared to last week's 15.27 million viewers -- as was CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," which still came out on top in the 18-49 demographic. But the comedy, along with other CBS shining stars like "Person of Interest" and "The Mentalist," won the night for the network with most viewers.

A new episode of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" gave the network a bump, and its premiere of "Scandal" drew some viewers away from CBS and NBC's "Awake," which dropped once again this week, dipping down to 2.5 million viewers. ABC's "Missing," FOX's "Touch" and NBC's "Community" were also down.

CBS averaged 12.28 million viewers for the night and a 7.5 rating/13 share in households. FOX was second with 10.6 million (6.5/11). ABC (7.56 million, 5.1/9) came in third ahead of NBC (2.69 million, 1.8/3) and The CW (964,000, 0.6/1).

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX won with a 3.0 rating. CBS had a 2.9, ABC had a 2.1, NBC 1.1 and The CW 0.4.

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