TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' and 'American Idol' rise Thursday, 'Vampire Diaries' up too

american-idol-may-3-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, May 3, 2012

After a string of dreary ratings reports over the last few weeks, there was some good news Thursday.

"The Big Bang Theory," "American Idol" and "The Vampire Diaries" all improved at 8 o'clock. "The Office" and "The Mentalist" were up a little as well, while "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" were pretty steady in the adults 18-49 demographic for ABC.

CBS led the night in viewers, bringing in 12.3 million people and a 7.7 rating/13 share in households. FOX (10.95 million, 6.6/11) finished second. ABC took third with 7.35 million viewers and a 5.0/8, finishing a good distance ahead of NBC (3.1 million, 2.0/3). The CW averaged 1.8 million viewers and a 1.2/2.

FOX scored a narrow win among adults 18-49, drawing a 3.0 rating to CBS' 2.8. ABC took third with a 2.1, followed by NBC, 1.4, and The CW, 0.8.

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