michael britten awake nbc TV ratings: 'American Idol' and 'Awake' down, 'Big Bang Theory' wins with 18 49 demoFast National ratings for Thursday, March 8, 2012

“American Idol” was down this week with its results show, and “The Big Bang Theory” gave the FOX hit a run for its money during the 8 p.m. hour, winning out in the 18-49 demographic.

NBC’s “Awake” was down nearly 2 million viewers in its second episode, up against a new episode of “The Mentalist” on CBS, while “Parks and Recreation” — with its winter finale — and “The Office” held steady with their numbers. “30 Rock” meanwhile saw a bit of a drop.

CBS grabbed the top spot among total viewers, averaging 14.5 million and a 9.0
rating/14 share in households. FOX (12.1 million, 7.3/11) came in second ahead of ABC (4.2 million, 2.7/4), NBC (4.05 million, 2.5/4) and The CW (1.03 million, 0.7/1).

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX and CBS tied with a 3.6 rating. NBC had a 1.8, ABC 1.4 and The CW 0.4.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” results (16.98 million viewers, 10.0/16 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (15.22 million, 9.3/15)/”The Big Bang Theory” rerun (12.9 million, 7.8/12)
ABC: “Wipeout” rerun (4.6 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: “30 Rock” (3.5 million, 2.3/4)/”Parks and Recreation” (3.8 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” rerun (1.2 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (5.1) 9 p.m. CBS: “Person of Interest” (15.8 million, 9.7/15)
FOX: “The Finder” (7.3 million, 4.7/7)
NBC: “The Office” (4.97 million, 3.0/5)/”Up All Night” (3.54 million, 2.2/3)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun (4.1 million, 2.9/4)
The CW: “Supernatural” rerun (924,000, 0.6/1) 18-49 leader: “Person of Interest” (3.4) 10 p.m. CBS: “The Mentalist” (13.8 million, 8.7/15)
NBC: “Awake” (4.25 million, 2.7/5)
ABC: “GCB” rerun (3.8 million, 2.7/5) 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.