TV ratings: 'Idol,' NBC comedies hold the line Thursday; 'Bones' gets a boost

bones-buleet-in-the-brain-alt.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

Thursday's "American Idol" held pretty steady with its performance last week, losing only a handful of viewers and a tenth of a point in the 18-49 demographic. "Bones" scored its best numbers of the season, while NBC's comedy lineup dipped slightly but basically held onto the audience it drew last week.

FOX averaged 17.2 million viewers and a 9.9 rating/15 share in households, a slight improvement on last week's numbers thanks to the "Bones" bump. CBS (9.6 million, 6.0/10) was a distant second. ABC and NBC finished in a dead heat for third with 5.2 million viewers each (ABC scored a 3.2/5 in households to NBC's 3.0/5). The CW drew 3.05 million viewers and a 1.9/3 as it returned to original episodes.

FOX also dominated the adults 18-49 demo with a 5.8 rating, more than doubling the average of its closest competitor. That would be NBC, whose 2.5 rating was off a little from last week's 2.8. CBS, 2.1, came in third, followed by ABC at 1.6 and The CW at 1.3.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (22.3 million viewers, 12.3/19 households)
CBS: "The Big Bang Theory" rerun (9.2 million, 5.7/9)/"$#*! My Dad Says" (8.9 million, 5.5/9)
ABC: "Wipeout" (7.6 million, 4.2/7)
NBC: "Community" (4.6 million, 2.8/4)/"Perfect Couples" (3.5 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (3.5 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (7.7)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"Bones" (12.15 million, 7.2/11)
CBS: "CSI" rerun (9.7 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "The Office" (7.9 million, 4.3/7)/"Parks and Recreation" (5.9 million, 3.2/5)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" rerun (4.5 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "Nikita" (2.65 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "The Office" (4.0)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Mentalist" rerun (10 million, 6.3/11)
NBC: "30 Rock" (4.9 million, 2.9/5)/"Outsourced" (4.15 million, 2.6/5)
ABC: "Private Practice" rerun (3.4 million, 2.5/4)

18-49 leader: "30 Rock" (2.4)

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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