idol hollywood 11 TV Ratings: 'American Idol' beats 'Big Bang Theory,' but CBS wins ThursdayFast national ratings for Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

“American Idol” managed to topple “The Big Bang Theory’s” mighty reign Thursday night, pulling in more viewers during the 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. time period than the ratings favorite sitcom. “Idol” nabbed 16.6 million viewers during its first half hour, while “Big Bang” scored 16.0 million. A small difference, sure, but a big victory for “Idol.”

For the night, though, CBS still managed to pull ahead with 14.3 million viewers and an 8.7/14 household rating. FOX came in second with 12.2 million (7.2/11), followed by ABC (7.3 million, 4.7/8), NBC (3.9 million, 2.6/4) and The CW (2.4 million, 1.6/2)

Unfortunately for “Idol,” the reality hit couldn’t tear away “Big Bang’s” demo crown, because the CBS sitcom managed to just barely eke out a win in the adults 18-49 demographic, landing a 5.5 to “Idol’s” 5.2. For the night, though, FOX finished first with a 4.0, followed by CBS’ 3.6, ABC’s 2.6, NBC’s 1.7 and The CW’s 1.0.

8 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (17.9 million viewers, 10.4/17 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (16.1 million, 9.7/16); “Rob” (11.0 million, 6.6/10)
ABC: “Wipeout” (5.2 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: “30 Rock” (3.9 million, 2.6/4)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.96 million, 2.0/3)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (5.7)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Person of Interest” (15.1 million, 9.1/14)

ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (10.1 million, 6.6/10)
FOX: “The Finder” (6.5 million, 3.9/6)
NBC: “The Office” (5.2 million, 3.2/5); “Up All Night” (3.7 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: “The Secret Circle” (1.76 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.9)

10 p.m.

CBS: “The Mentalist” (14.3 million, 8.9/15)
ABC: “Private Practice” (6.6 million, 4.6/8)
NBC: “The Voice” repeat (3.5 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: “The Mentalist” (2.9)

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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Posted by:Jean Bentley