TV ratings: 'American Idol' drops from premiere but easily leads Thursday

american-idol-jan-16-14-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Night two of "American Idol" Thursday saw the show's ratings drop off some from its premiere, but thanks to CBS airing a full night of reruns, FOX led the night by a wide margin. Even though it was a repeat, however, "The Big Bang Theory" beat "Idol" in total viewers in their common half-hour.

"Idol" also pushed NBC's comedies down, sending "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" to season lows. The Critics' Choice Movie Awards on The CW were in line with their performance from a year ago.

FOX averaged 13.2 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/12 share in households in primetime, finishing well ahead of the 7.2 million viewers and 4.5/7 for No. 2 CBS. ABC (3.35 million, 2.3/4) edged NBC (3.1 million, 2.1/3) for third. The CW drew 2 million people and a 1.4/2.

FOX's 3.8 rating among adults 18-49 nearly beat the combined total of the other four networks. CBS was the best of the rest with a 1.5, and ABC and NBC tied for third at 1.0. The CW posted a 0.4.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (12.6 million viewers, 7.2/12 households)
CBS: "The Big Bang Theory" rerun (11.9 million, 7.2/12)/"The Millers" rerun (7.9 million, 4.9/8)
ABC: "The Taste" (3.25 million, 2.2/4)
NBC: "Community" (3.2 million, 2.0/3)/"Parks and Recreation" (3.1 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: Critics' Choice Movie Awards (1.9 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (3.6)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (13.8 million, 7.8/12)
CBS: "The Crazy Ones" rerun (5.3 million, 3.3/5)/"Two and a Half Men" rerun (5.2 million, 3.4/5)
ABC: "The Taste" (3.2 million, 2.2/3)
NBC: "Sean Saves the World" (2.7 million, 1.7/3)/"The Michael J. Fox Show" (2 million, 1.4/2)
The CW: "Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (4.1)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Elementary" rerun (6.5 million, 4.2/7)
NBC: "Parenthood" (4 million, 2.7/5)    
ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (3.6 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: "Parenthood" and "Shark Tank" tied at 1.2

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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