jacob idol 11 TV ratings: 'Idol' results jump Thursday, 'The Office' does OK without Steve CarellFast National ratings for Thursday, May 5, 2011

The “American Idol” results show improved significantly over last week’s ratings, leading FOX to victory Thursday night. “The Office” began its life without Steve Carell with decent numbers, down from his farewell last week but better than the adults 18-49 numbers the show put up two weeks ago.

FOX averaged 15.95 million viewers and a 9.3 rating/15 share in households for the night, cruising to victory over second-place CBS (11 million, 7.0/11). ABC came in third with 7.2 million viewers and a 4.9/8. NBC (4.2 million, 2.6/4) finished fourth, beating out The CW’s 2.3 million viewers and 1.5/2.

FOX’s 4.7 rating among adults 18-49 led the demographic by a wide margin. CBS, 2.5, edged ABC, 2.4, for second. NBC came in fourth with a 2.0, while The CW drew a 1.0.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” results (20.8 million viewers, 12.0/20 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (10.3 million, 6.4/11)/”Rules of Engagement” (7.7 million, 4.9/8)
ABC: “Wipeout” (4.8 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: “Community” (3.5 million, 2.2/4)/”The Office” rerun (2.7 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.7 million, 1.8/3) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (6.1) 9 p.m. FOX: “Bones” (11.1 million, 6.6/10)
CBS: “CSI” (10.5 million, 6.7/11)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.9 million, 6.6/10)
NBC: “The Office” (6.8 million, 3.9/6)/”Parks and Recreation” (5.1 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: “Nikita” (1.9 million, 1.2/2) 18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Office” tied at 3.5 10 p.m. CBS: “The Mentalist” (13.6 million, 8.5/14)
ABC: “Private Practice” (6.9 million, 5.0/8)
NBC: “30 Rock” (4.2 million, 2.6/4)/”Outsourced” (3.7 million, 2.3/4) 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