TV Ratings: 'American Idol's' Top 20 boys gives FOX demo win; 'Big Bang Theory' overall viewers champ

idol-ratings-feb-21.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

"The Big Bang Theory" continues to dominate Thursday night ratings, though "American Idol" bounced back some from a drop a week ago, despite a rather horrible night of performances.

ABC's new "Zero Hour," which premiered to only 6.3 million viewers a week ago, lost a million viewers off its debut episode. Meanwhile, the big death on "The Vampire Diaries" saw the CW's popular drama gain over half a million viewers.

CBS won the night, but only just barely, with an average of 13.52 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/13 share in households. FOX was right on its heels with 13.504 million viewers and a 7.9/12 share. There was a big drop off to ABC in third at 7.2 million viewers and a 4.9/8, followed by NBC at 3.2 million and a 2.1/3 and the CW at 2.2 million and a 1.4/2.

In the adults 18-49 demo, FOX won by a decent margin at 3.9, followed by CBS (3.3), ABC (2.2), NBC (1.2) and the CW (0.9).

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" (17.3 million viewers, 10.5/17 households)/"Two and a Half Men" (13.4 million, 8.1/12)
FOX: "American Idol" (13.4 million, 7.9/12)
ABC: "Zero Hour" (5.3 million, 43.5/5)
NBC: "Community" (3.1 million, 1.8/3)/"Parks and Recreation" (3.03 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (2.9 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (4.7)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Person of Interest" (14.1 million, 8.7/13)
FOX: "American Idol" (13.6 million, 8.0/12)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (8.5 million, 5.8/9)
NBC: "Parks and Recreation" (2.9 million, 1.8/3)/"1600 Penn" (2.3 million, 1.5/2)
The CW: "Beauty and the Beast" (1.56 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (4.0)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Elementary" (11 million, 6.9/11)
ABC: "Scandal" (7.6 million, 5.3/9)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (3.9 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader: "Scandal" (2.7)

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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