lambert gi idol TV Ratings: 'American Idol' leads FOX to another Thursday victoryFast National ratings for Thursday, March 10, 2011

FOX and “American Idol” got by with a little help from their friends. Actually, with a little help from a performance by one of its former contestants, Adam Lambert; “Idol” dominated a rerun-heavy Thursday, taking an easy ratings victory. CBS also fared well, placing second with new episodes of “The Big Bang Theory,” “Rules of Engagement,” “CSI” and “The Mentalist.”

FOX won the night with an average of 16.3 viewers and a 9.5 rating/16 share in households. CBS followed with 12.9 million viewers (8.0/13). In third place was ABC (4.8 million, 2.9/5), followed by NBC (2.4 million, 1.7/3) and CW (1.2 million, 0.8/1).

In the 18-49 demographic FOX had an 5.0 rating, followed by CBS with 3.1, ABC with 1.6, NBC with 1.1, and CW with 0.4.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (21 million viewers, 12.5/20)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (12.1 million, 7.4/12) / “Rules of Engagement” (9.4 million, 5.7/9)
ABC: “Wipeout” rerun (5.5 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: “Community” rerun (2.7 million, (1.8/3) / “Perfect Couples” rerun (1.9 million, 1.4/2)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” rerun (1.2 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (6.2)

9 p.m.

CBS: “CSI” (13.5 million, 8.4/12)
FOX: “Bones” (11 million, 6.6/11)
ABC: “Wipeout” rerun (5.4 million, 3.1/5)
NBC: “The Office” rerun (2.9 million, 2.0/3) / “Parks and Recreation” rerun (2.4 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: “Nikita” rerun (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: “Bones” (3.4)

10 p.m.

CBS: “The Mentalist” (14.3 million, 9.0/16)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun (3.3 million, 2.4/2)
NBC: “30 Rock” rerun (2.3 million, 1.6/3) / “Outsourced” rerun (2.1 million, 1.5/3)

18-49 leader: “The Mentalist” (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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