office will ferrell ratings TV ratings: Will Ferrell gives 'The Office' a bump, but 'Idol' rules the nightFast 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.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (21 million viewers, 12.0/20 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” rerun (7.5 million, 4.9/8)/”Rules of Engagement” rerun (5.8 million, 3.7/6)
ABC: “Wipeout” (6.2 million, 3.5/6)
NBC: “Community” (3.5 million, 2.2/4)/”The Paul Reiser Show” premiere (3.3 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.8 million, 1.8/3) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (6.1) 9 p.m. FOX: “Bones” (11.9 million, 7.1/11)
CBS: “CSI” rerun (8.15 million, 5.3/8)
NBC: “The Office” (7.7 million, 4.6/7)/”Parks and Recreation” (5.2 million, 3.2/5)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun (4.2 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: “Nikita” (2.2 million, 1.3/2) 18-49 leader: “The Office” (3.9) 10 p.m. CBS: “The Mentalist” rerun (10.8 million, 7.0/12)
NBC: “30 Rock” (4.5 million, 2.8/5)/”Outsourced” (3.5 million, 2.2/4)
ABC: “Private Practice” rerun (2.85 million, 2.1/3) 18-49 leader: “30 Rock” (2.2) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Posted by:Rick Porter