TV ratings: 'American Idol' wins Thursday, but everyone's down

american-idol-hollywood-week.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

Thursday was a pretty soft night across the board on the broadcast networks, all of which were off compared to last week. The start of "American Idol's" Hollywood round led FOX to a win.

FOX averaged 15.9 million viewers and an 8.9 rating/14 share in households for the night, topping CBS' 13 million viewers and 7.9/13. ABC (8.2 million, 5.2/8) came in third, a good ways ahead of NBC (4.5 million, 2.7/4). The CW trailed with 2.3 million viewers and a 1.5/2.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 5.3 rating led the way by a large margin and was off just slightly from last week's 5.4. CBS, 3.0, finished second, just ahead of ABC's 2.9. NBC averaged 2.2 in the demo and The CW 1.0.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (21.7 million viewers, 11.9/19 households)
CBS: "The Big Bang Theory" (12.8 million, 7.6/12)/"$#*! My Dad Says" (10.4 million, 6.3/10)
ABC: "Wipeout" (6.9 million, 3.9/6)
NBC: "Community" (3.85 million, 2.4/4)/"Perfect Couples" (3.1 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (2.75 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (7.2)

9 p.m.

CBS: "CSI" (12.65 million, 7.8/12)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (10.4 million, 6.6/10)
FOX: "Bones" (10.1 million, 5.8/9)
NBC: "The Office" (6.9 million, 4.0/6)/"Parks and Recreation" (5.1 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "Nikita" (1.9 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "Grey's Anatomy" (3.9)

10 p.m.

CBS: "The Mentalist" (14.75 million, 8.9/15)
ABC: "Private Practice" (7.3 million, 5.0/9)
NBC: "30 Rock" (4.6 million, 2.8/5)/"Outsourced" (3.65 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: "The Mentalist" (2.9)

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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