TV ratings: Will Ferrell gives 'The Office' a bump, but 'Idol' rules the night

office-will-ferrell-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, April 14, 2011

Will Ferrell's debut on "The Office" gave the show a bit of a ratings boost Thursday, making it the top scripted show of the night among adults 18-49. The premiere of "The Paul Reiser Show," however, pretty well flopped.

As usual, "American Idol" led FOX to victory for the night; the network averaged 16.5 million viewers and a 9.6 rating/15 share in households. CBS was a distant second with 8.5 million viewers and a 5.5/9. NBC (4.6 million, 2.9/5) beat a night of drama repeats on ABC (4.4 million, 2.8/5) for third. The CW was up slightly in viewers over last week, drawing 2.5 million people and a 1.5/2.

FOX dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.9 rating, more than double the average of second-place NBC (2.1). No one else broke the 2.0 mark: CBS finished third with a 1.6, followed by ABC, 1.3, and The CW, 1.0.

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