big bang theory stag convergence ratings TV ratings: Live '30 Rock' improves but 'Idol' and 'Big Bang Theory' lead ThursdayFast National ratings for Thursday, April 26, 2012

“The Big Bang Theory” and “American Idol” occupied the top ratings spots Thursday night as usual, but while “Idol” was pretty much even with its numbers last week, the first new “BBT” in three weeks was down a little.

Elsewhere, a live episode of “30 Rock” helped the show score its best ratings in several weeks, while “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” were both steady in adults 18-49 for ABC. “The Vampire Diaries” was more or less on par with recent original episodes, but “The Secret Circle” lost nearly half its lead-in audience.

CBS led the night in viewers, drawing 11.6 million people and a 7.2 rating/12 share in households. FOX (10.5 million, 6.4/10) came in second, while ABC (7.7 million, 5.2/8) finished third. There was a pretty big drop to fourth-place NBC, which averaged 3.1 million viewers and a 2.0/3. The CW trailed with 1.7 million viewers and a 1.1/2.

The adults 18-49 title went to FOX, which earned a 2.9 rating in the demographic. CBS took second with a 2.6, followed by ABC at 2.2. NBC scored a 1.4 and The CW a 0.8.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (14.45 million viewers, 8.9/14 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (12.5 million, 7.7/13)/”Rules of Engagement” (8.35 million, 5.0/8)
ABC: “Missing” (6.9 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: “Community” (3.3 million, 2.1/4)/”30 Rock” (3.55 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.2 million, 1.4/2) 18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (3.9) 9 p.m. CBS: “Person of Interest” (12.5 million, 7.7/12)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.3 million, 6.3/10)
FOX: “Touch” (6.5 million, 4.0/6)
NBC: “The Office” (4.15 million, 2.6/4)/”Parks and Recreation” (3.2 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: “The Secret Circle” (1.2 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.2) 10 p.m. CBS: “The Mentalist” (11.85 million, 7.4/12)
ABC: “Scandal” (7 million, 4.8/8)
NBC: “Awake” (2.2 million, 1.6/3) 18-49 leader: “The Mentalist” and “Scandal” tied at 2.1

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