30 rock series finale ratings TV Ratings: '30 Rock' series finale up, 'Big Bang Theory' bests 'American Idol' in first head to head meetingFast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

The “30 Rock” series finale saw an increase of about a million viewers over last week’s episode, sending it out on a relative high note in terms of ratings. Meanwhile, in the first head-to-head meeting of “American Idol” and “The Big Bang Theory” where “TBBT wasn’t a rerun, “Big Bang” beat the music competition show by over 4.5 million viewers.

And over on NBC, “Do No Harm” premiered to a low 3.1 million viewers and a 2.1/4 share.

CBS’ lineup of new programming earned it a win with 14 million viewers and an 8.7 rating/14 share in households. FOX was neat with 9.6 million and a 5.7/9, followed by ABC at 7.1 million and a 4.9/8 and NBC at 4.1 million, 2.6/4. The CW was fifth at 2.2 million and a 1.3/2.

IN the adults 18-49 demo, CBS also won, but narrowly. The Eye and FOX finished 1-2 with a 3.4 and a 3.3, respectively. ABC was third at 2.2, NBC fourth at 1.6 and the CW fifth at 1.0.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “Big Bang Theory” (17.5 million, 10.8/17)/”Two and a Half Men” (13.7 million, 8.4/13)
FOX: “American Idol” (13.7 million viewers, 7.9/12 households)
ABC: “Shark Tank” rerun (4.6 million, 3.1/5)
NBC: “30 Rock” series finale (4.8 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.6 million, 1.6/2)

18-49 leader: “Big Bang Theory” (5.3)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Person of Interest” (15.6 million, 9.5/15)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (8.8 million, 6.1/9)
FOX: “Glee” (5.5 million, 3.5/5)
NBC: “The Office,” two episodes (4.2 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: “Beauty and the Beast” (1.7 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: “Person of Interest” (3.2)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Elementary” (10.8 million, 6.9/12)
ABC: “Scandal” (8.1 million, 5.6/9)
NBC: “Do No Harm” premiere (3.1 million, 2.1/4)

18-49 leader: “Scandal” (2,7)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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