hole in the heart bones 320 TV ratings: 'Idol' results up again, 'Bones' also strong ThursdayFast National ratings for Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ratings for the “American Idol” results show improved for the second straight week on Thursday, helping FOX to a win for the night. “Bones” also had a pretty solid outing, improving its demographic numbers from last week.

Elsewhere, “The Office” dipped a little bit in week two of the post-Carell era, and the season finale of “The Vampire Diaries” was up slightly from last week’s numbers.

FOX averaged 16.3 million viewers and a 9.8 rating/15 share in households in primetime, cruising to a win over CBS (11.5 million, 7.4/12). ABC took third with 7.35 million viewers and a 5.0/8. NBC (3.9 million, 2.5/4) was fourth, and The CW trailed with 2.4 million viewersd and a 1.6/2.

FOX’s 4.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic was a smidge higher than last week’s average and led the competition by a wide margin. CBS came in second with a 2.7, beating out ABC’s 2.4 and NBC’s 2.0. The CW finished with a 1.0.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” results (21.6 million viewers, 12.7/21 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (10.5 million, 6.4/11)/”Rules of Engagement” (8 million, 5.0/8)
ABC: “Wipeout” (5.5 million, 3.3/5)
NBC: “Community” season finale (3.2 million, 2.1/4)/”The Office” rerun (2.6 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” season finale (2.8 million, 1.9/3) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (6.3) 9 p.m. CBS: “CSI” season finale (11.5 million, 7.4/11)
FOX: “Bones” (11 million, 6.9/10)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.4 million, 6.5/10)
NBC: “The Office” (6.25 million, 3.7/6)/”Parks and Recreation” (4.55 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: “Nikita” season finale (1.9 million, 1.3/2) 18-49 leader: “Bones” (3.4) 10 p.m. CBS: “The Mentalist” (13.8 million, 8.6/14)
ABC: “Private Practice” (7.2 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: “Parks and Recreation” (3.6 million, 2.2/3)/”Outsourced” season finale (3 million, 1.9/3) 18-49 leader: “The Mentalist” (2.6) 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