big bang feb 2 ratings TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' tops 'American Idol' again, '30 Rock' takes a hitFast National ratings for Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

“The Big Bang Theory” beat “American Idol” across the board for the second straight week in their common half-hour, helping CBS score the top spot in total viewers Thursday night. “Idol” grew significantly in its second half-hour, though, and gave FOX a win among adults 18-49.

(The “BBT”-“Idol” half-hour numbers are: 16.4 million viewers and a 5.4 adults 18-49 rating for “Big Bang” and 15.8 million and 5.0 for “Idol.”)

Also Thursday, “The Finder” dropped some from its series high last week, “Grey’s Anatomy” was up slightly with its alternate-universe episode and “30 Rock” fell on NBC.

CBS brought in 14.1 million viewers and an 8.6 rating/14 share in households for the night, topping the 12 million and 7.1/11 for FOX. ABC (7.4 million, 4.8/8) came in third. NBC managed only 3.6 million viewers and a 2.3/4 in finishing fourth. The CW (2.2 million, 1.5/2) was up a tick vs. two weeks ago when it last ran original episodes.

FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.9 rating. CBS was not far behind in second with a 3.5. ABC took third at 2.5, followed by NBC, 1.5, and The CW, 0.9.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (17.1 million viewers, 10.1/16 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (16.4 million, 9.7/16)/”Rob” (11.3 million, 6.7/10)
ABC: “Wipeout” (5.9 million, 3.3/5)
NBC: “30 Rock” (3.2 million, 2.2/4)/”Parks and Recreation” (3.65 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.7 million, 1.8/3) 18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” and “American Idol” tied at 5.4 9 p.m. CBS: “Person of Interest” (14.9 million, 9.1/14)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.6 million, 6.3/10)
FOX: “The Finder” (6.9 million, 4.2/6)
NBC: “The Office” (5.3 million, 3.2/5)/”Up All Night” (3.8 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “The Secret Circle” (1.75 million, 1.2/2) 18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.5) 10 p.m. CBS: “The Mentalist” (13.5 million, 8.5/14)
ABC: “Private Practice” (6.65 million, 4.6/8)
NBC: “The Firm” (3 million, 2.0/3) 18-49 leader: “The Mentalist” (2.8)

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