urx unit loader TV ratings: 'American Idol' hits an all time low Thursday
idol-march-27-ratings.JPGFast National ratings for Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday’s “American Idol” sunk to the show’s lowest adults 18-49 rating ever, notching a very ordinary 2.7 in the demographic. It finished behind CBS’ NCAA tournament coverage at 10 o’clock (pending updates) and “Grey’s Anatomy” in the demo.

Also Thursday, “The Vampire Diaries” and “Scandal” were down a little bit from last week, and the season finale of “Raising Hope” on FOX didn’t keep much of its “Idol” lead-in. NBC’s “1600 Penn” limped to the end of its season.

FOX averaged 7.5 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/8 share in households to lead the night. ABC (7.05 million, 4.7/8) edged CBS (6.9 million, 4.5/7) for second place, although the Eye’s numbers may rise some with adjustments for its live sports coverage. NBC came in fourth with 2.6 million viewers and a 1.8/3. The CW (2 million, 1.2/2) trailed.

ABC and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49, each scoring a 2.3 rating. FOX came in third with a 2.0. Neither The CW (0.9) nor NBC (0.8) could get above a 1.0.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (11 million viewers, 6.8/12)
CBS: NCAA basketball – Marquette/Miami (6.4 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: “Wife Swap” (4.3 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.4 million, 1.5/3)
NBC: “Community” rerun (2.35 million, 1.6/3)/”1600 Penn” (1.9 million, 1.3/2) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (2.7) 9 p.m. ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (8.8 million, 5.9/10)
CBS: NCAA basketball – Marquette/Miami plus post-game (6.1 million, 3.9/6)
FOX: “Raising Hope” season finale (4 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: “The Office” rerun (1.7 million, 1.1/2)/”1600 Penn” season finale (1.9 million, 1.3/2)
The CW: “Beauty and the Beast” (1.55 million, 1.0/2) 18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.8) 10 p.m. CBS: NCAA basketball – Syracuse/Indiana (8.3 million, 5.3/9)
ABC: “Scandal” (8.05 million, 5.4/9)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (4 million, 2.8/5) 18-49 leader: NCAA basketball (2.9)

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